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Synology World Backup Day 2024 Briefing + Demo!

Ahead of World Backup Day on March 31, Synology held an exclusive briefing and demo of its cutting-edge data management, and security features! Watch the video, and find out what Synology demonstrated!

 

Synology World Backup Day 2024 Briefing + Demo!

On 21 March 2024, Jason Sin, Country Manager at Synology Malaysia, gave an exclusive briefing and demo of its latest data management, and security features, in Kuala Lumpur.

The live session showcased Synology’s exclusive backup features like Active Backup Suite, and Snapshot Replication; highlighting practical use cases against malicious access, accidental deletion, and ransomware threats.

Jason Sin also emphasised the importance of data integrity, and data recovery in the face of virus or ransomware attacks.

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During his presentation, he showcased three critical phases of a robust data protection process using Synology solutions:

Prevention of Ransomware Attacks

Synology demonstrated Secure SignIn, a secure login framework designed to enhance account security of Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM), the operating system that powers every Synology NAS.

This feature verifies sign-ins using multiple methods, including approved sign-ins, verification codes (OTP), and hardware security keys. This allows users and businesses to significantly reduce the risk of unauthorised access and potential ransomware attacks.

Centralised Data Protection

Active Backup for Business is Synology’s all-in-one data protection solution. Synology highlighted its ability to centralise protection across diverse IT environments, including virtualised environments, physical servers, file servers, and personal computers.

In the demo session, Synology showcased how administrators can efficiently deploy and manage data protection strategies through a centralised admin console, ensuring comprehensive backup coverage and seamless continuity of operations.

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Comprehensive, Streamline Data Recovery

Synology demonstrated how Snapshot Replication efficiently streamlined data recovery, providing backup capabilities against threats like accidental deletion and viruses. Synology also simulated a ransomware attack by encrypting a file, followed by a swift data recovery conducted through Snapshot Replication.

This showcased its effectiveness in restoring systems to a previous state and emphasized that only a rapid, comprehensive data solution is effective for both end users and enterprises. Administrators can configure scheduled snapshots and retention settings, ensuring efficient data management and recovery, even in scenarios where ransomware attacks occur.

 

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Free Galaxy Ride : How To Get Free RM5 TNG Credit!

Find out how to get the free RM5 TNG eWallet credit through Samsung Malaysia’s Free Galaxy Ride offer!

 

Free Galaxy Ride : Get Free RM5 TNG Credit!

On 29 February 2024, Samsung Malaysia officially took over the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) Samsung Galaxy MRT Station – Malaysia’s largest underground interchange station. This brand takeover integrates Samsung into the network of 29 stations on the MRT Kajang and Putrajaya lines, on which over 220,00 daily riders make their daily commute.

In conjunction with its takeover of the TRX Samsung Galaxy MRT station, Samsung Malaysia is giving Samsung Galaxy users free RM5 TNG credit, which you can then use to purchase the RM5 MyCity Pass to get unlimited rides on the MRT for a whole day!

If you have not experience the convenience of using the MRT to get to The Exchange TRX mall, give it a try, and grab the free RM5 TNG credit from the Samsung Experience Store while you are there!

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Free Galaxy Ride : How To Get Free RM5 TNG Credit!

Here is what you need to know about Samsung Malaysia’s Free Galaxy Ride offer.

Location

The Free Galaxy Ride offer is only available at the Samsung Experience Store at The Exchange TRX Mall, from 10 AM to 10 PM daily.

Availability

The Free Galaxy Ride offer is only valid for the first 5,000 Samsung Galaxy users on a first come, first serve basis, from 29 February until 17 March 2024.

Eligibility

The Free Galaxy Ride offer is only applicable to Samsung Members who are Malaysian citizens, and residents of Malaysia, who are 18 years and above (as of 29 February 2024), based on the Malaysian MyKad or passport.

This offer is not applicable to Samsung employees, dealers, or agents, or their families, as well as anyone connected to this Promotion.

How To Get Free RM5 TNG Credit

Please follow these steps to get your free RM5 TNG credit through the Samsung Free Galaxy Ride offer.

Step 1 : Visit the Samsung Experience Store at TRX Mall, and look for the Free Galaxy Ride crew.

Step 2 : Comment “I want a Free Galaxy Ride” with the hashtags #GalaxyAI and #GalaxyS24 on this Galaxy Free Ride Facebook post.

Step 3 : Scan the QR code provided by the Samsung crew to redeem a voucher on your Samsung Members app.

Step 4 : Download the redemption voucher from your Samsung Members app, and present it to the event crew.

Step 5 : You will receive a RM5 TNG reload code, which you can then use to top up your TNG eWallet.

Please note that each Samsung Galaxy user is only entitled to one (1) redemption.

 

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Samsung Takes Over TRX MRT Interchange Station!

Samsung just took over the TRX MRT interchange station, which is now called the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) Samsung Galaxy MRT Station!

 

Samsung Takes Over TRX MRT Interchange Station!

On 29 February 2024, Samsung Malaysia officially took over the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) Samsung Galaxy MRT Station – Malaysia’s largest underground interchange station. This brand takeover integrates Samsung into the network of 29 stations on the MRT Kajang and Putrajaya lines, on which over 220,00 daily riders make their daily commute.

The TRX Samsung Galaxy Station is the largest interchange station between the TRX station and Putrajaya Line and directly serves The Exchange TRX, a world-class experiential lifestyle destination that sits at the heart of Tun Razak Exchange, Kuala Lumpur’s international financial district.

The new Samsung-branded TRX MRT station was officiated that day by Denny Kim (President of Samsung Malaysia), Elaine Soh (Chief Marketing Officer), Kevin Kim Tae Hoon (Business Director of Mobile eXperience) from Samsung Malaysia. Joining together with Datuk Mohd Zarif Hashim (Chief Executive Officer), En Shahrul Fadli Omar (Chief Financial Officer) and Schrene Goh (Chief Commercial Officer) from Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp).

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The TRX MRT Station is a key station within the MRT network, as it has been designed to anchor the TRX International Financial District as well Kuala Lumpur’s latest major retail destination, offering great commercial value in advertising and marketing.

We are pleased to welcome the globally renowned Samsung Galaxy as our Station Naming Rights and Station Domination Advertising partner at this station, now named TRX Samsung Galaxy MRT Station. Commuters accessing the station will now be greeted by Samsung Galaxy’s striking visuals and catchy advertisement adorning the space.

– Datuk Mohd Zarif Hashim, CEO, MRT Corp.

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The station’s direct connection to Malaysia’s newest and vibrant lifestyle hub ensures a seamless experience for both travellers and shoppers. The collaboration with MRT Corporation represents our shared vision for a more connected future, aimed at enhancing the convenience and accessibility for everyone

– Denny Kim, President of Samsung Malaysia

 

Free RM5 TNG Credit At TRX Samsung Experience Store!

As a special treat, Samsung Galaxy users will be able to redeem free RM5 TNG credit (while stocks last!) from the Samsung Experience Store at The Exchange TRX, with their Samsung Members app.

You can use the RM5 TNG credit to purchase the RM5 MyCity Pass to get unlimited rides on the MRT for a whole day!

If you have not experience the convenience of using the MRT to get to The Exchange TRX mall, give it a try, and grab the free RM5 TNG credit from the Samsung Experience Store while you are there!

 

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Students Can Wear Sports Attire For 2024/2025 School Term!

The Malaysia Minister of Education just announced that students can wear sports attire for the 2024-2025 school term!

 

Students Can Wear Sports Attire For 2024/2025 School Term!

On Friday, 19 January 2024, the Malaysia Minster of Education announced that students will be allowed to wear sports attire for most of the week for the 2024-2025 school term.

From March 2024 onwards, students will longer be required to wear their school uniform for two days per week. They can then wear sportswear for two days, and co-curriculum attire for one day.

  • School uniform : two days per week
  • Sportswear : two days per week
  • Co-curriculum attire : one day per week

This decision was made after consulting stakeholders, including parents, teachers, and the community. The Education Ministry had earlier announced that students and teachers could wear sports attire due to the hot weather.

The school attire from the 2024/2025 academic year will be … two days of school uniform, two days of sportswear, and one day of co-curriculum attire.

She also said that further details will be provided later, in the announcement letter that will be sent to schools.

Recommended : 2024 – 2025 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

For reference, the 2024-2025 school term in Malaysia begins in March 2024 and ends in January 2025:

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Group A : 2024 – 2025 school year will last from 10 March 2024 until 15 February 2025
Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 10 March 2024 23 May 2024 48
Term 1 Holiday 24 May 2024 2 June 2024 10
Term 2 3 June 2024 12 September 2024 71
Term 2 Holiday 13 September 2024 21 September 2024 9
Term 3 Part 1 22 September 2024 19 December 2024 63
Term 3 Holiday 20 December 2024 28 December 2024 9
Term 3 Part 2 29 December 2024 16 January 2025 15
Year End Holiday 17 January 2025 15 February 2025 30

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Group B : 2023 / 2024 academic year will last from 11 March 2024 until 16 February 2025
Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 11 March 2024 24 May 2024 48
Term 1 Holiday 25 May 2024 2 June 2024 9
Term 2 3 June 2024 13 September 2024 72
Term 2 Holiday 14 September 2024 22 September 2024 9
Term 3 Part 1 23 September 2024 20 December 2024 62
Term 3 Holiday 21 December 2024 29 December 2024 9
Term 3 Part 2 30 December 2024 17 January 2025 14
Year End Holiday 18 January 2025 16 February 2025 30

 

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2024 Public + School Holidays For Malaysia!

To help you plan your holidays in the new year, here is a summary of the public and school holidays in Malaysia for 2024!

 

2024 Public Holidays For Malaysia

Here are the public holidays for Malaysia in the year 2024. Some of these days may be subject to change.

Recommended : 2024 – 2025 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

Date Day Holiday States
1 Jan Mon New Year’s Day All states except Johor,
Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis
and Terengganu
14 Jan
15 Jan
Sun
Mon
YDPB Negeri
Sembilan’s Birthday
Negeri Sembilan
25 Jan Thu Thaipusam Johor, Kuala Lumpur,
Negeri Sembilan, Penang,
Perak, Putrajaya and
Selangor
1 Feb Thu Federal Territory Day Kuala Lumpur, Labuan,
Putrajaya
8 Feb Thu Israk and Mikraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan,
Perlis and Terengganu
10 Feb
11 Feb
Sat
Sun
Chinese New Year All states
12 Feb Mon All states except Johor and Kedah
20 Feb Tue Independence Declaration Day Melaka
4 Mar Mon Accession Anniversary
of Terengganu Sultan
Terengganu
12 Mar Tue Awal Ramadan Johor, Kedah and Melaka
23 Mar Sat Sultan of Johor’s Birthday Johor
28 Mar Thu Nuzul al-Quran All states except Johor, Kedah,
Melaka, Negeri Sembilan,
Sabah and Sarawak
29 Mar Fri Good Friday Sabah and Sarawak
10 Apr
11 Apr
Wed
Thu
Hari Raya Aidilfitri All states
26 Apr Fri Sultan of Terengganu’s
Birthday
Terengganu
1 May Wed Labour Day All states
17 May Fri Raja of Perlis’
Birthday
Perlis
22 May Mon Wesak Day All states
22 May
23 May
Mon
Tue
Hari Hol Pahang Pahang
30 May

31 May

Thu
Fri
Harvest Festival Labuan and Sabah
1 Jun
2 Jun
4 Jun
Sat
Sun
Tue
Hari Gawai Sarawak
3 Jun Mon YDP Agong’s Birthday All states
16 Jun Sun Arafat Day Kelantan and Terengganu
17
Jun
Mon Hari Raya Haji All states
18 Jun Tue Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis,
Terengganu
30 Jun Sun Sultan of Kedah’s
Birthday
Kedah
7 Jul
Sun Awal Muharram All states
8 Jul
Mon All states, except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan & Terengganu
7 Jul
9 Jul
Sun
Tue
Georgetown World
Heritage City Day
Penang
13 Jul Sat Penang Governor’s
Birthday
22 Jul Mon Sarawak Day Sarawak
30 Jul
Tue Sultan of Pahang’s
Birthday
Pahang
11 Aug Sun Hari Hol Almarhum
Sultan Iskandar
Johor
24 Aug Sat Melaka Governor’s
Birthday
Melaka
31 Aug Sat Merdeka Day All states
1 Sep Sun Kelantan & Terengganu
16 Sep Mon Prophet Muhammad’s
Birthday
All states
16 Sep
17 Sep
Mon
Tue
Malaysia Day All states
29 Sep
30 Sep
Sun
Mon
Sultan of Kelantan’s
Birthday
Kelantan
5 Oct Sat Sabah Governor’s
Birthday
Sabah
12 Oct Sat Sarawak Governor’s
Birthday
Sarawak
31 Oct Thu Deepavali All states except Sarawak
1 Nov Fri Sultan of Perak’s
Birthday
Perak
11 Dec Wed Sultan of Selangor’s
Birthday
Selangor
24 Dec Tue Christmas Eve Sabah
25 Dec Wed Christmas Day All states

 

2024 School Holidays For Malaysia

The COVID-19 pandemic has thoroughly screwed up the school term and holidays. Instead of starting in January and ending in December, the new term now starts in March and every year will have two “academic years”.

It will now take until 2026 for the government to shift the school term back to January-December. This is quite confusing for many of us parents, so here is a quick summary of the school holidays for the year 2024.

ead more : Malaysia Schools To Start In January Again From 2026!

Group A Schools

Here are the school holidays for Group A states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Holiday Start End Days
Term 1 Holiday 24 May 2024 2 June 2024 10
Term 2 Holiday 13 Sep 2024 21 Sep 2024 9
Term 3 Holiday 20 Dec 2024 28 Dec 2024 9
Year End Holiday 17 Jan 2025 15 Feb 2025 30

In addition, the government also announced these extra holidays for Group A schools:

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year Saturday + Sunday,
10 and 11 February 2024
Part of 2023-2024
Year-End Holiday
Hari Raya Aidilfitri 7 to 9 April 2024
10 to 11 April 2024
3 extra days
Public Holiday
Hari Deepavali 30 October 2024
31 October 2024
1 extra day
Public Holiday
Christmas 25 December 2024 Public Holiday
Chinese New Year Wednesday + Thursday,
29 and 30 January 2025
Part of 2024-2025
Year-End Holiday

Group B Schools

Here are the school holidays for Group A states of Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Holiday Start End Days
Term 1 Holiday 25 May 2024 2 June 2024 9
Term 2 Holiday 14 Sep 2024 22 Sep 2024 9
Term 3 Holiday 21 Dec 2024 29 Dec 2024 9
Year End Holiday 18 Jan 2025 16 Feb 2025 30

In addition, the government also announced these extra holidays for Group B schools:

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year Saturday and Sunday,
10 and 11 February 2024
Within 2023
Year-End
Holiday
Hari Raya Aidilfitri 8 to 9 April 2024
10 to 11 April 2024
12 April 2024
2 extra days
Public Holiday
1 extra day
Pesta Kaamatan Only for Sabah + Labuan
Thursday and Friday,
31 and 31 May 2024
Part of
Term 1
Holidays
Hari Gawai Dayak Only for Sarawak
Saturday, 1 June 2024
Sunday, 2 June 2024
Part of
Term 1
Holidays
Hari Deepavali Except Sarawak
30 October 2024
31 October 2024

1 November 2024

1 extra day
Public Holiday
1 extra day
Only for Sarawak
30 October 2024
31 October 2024


1 extra day
Public Holiday
Christmas 25 December 2024 Part of
Term 3
Holidays
Chinese New Year Wednesday + Thursday,
29 and 30 January 2025
Part of 2024-2025
Year-End Holiday

 

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2024 – 2025 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced the 2024 – 2025 school term + holiday calendar! Here is what you need to know!

 

2024 – 2025 Malaysia School Term To Begin In March!

Back in August 2022, the former Malaysia Minister of Education, Dr. Radzi Jidin, announced that the 2023 school term would begin in March. The final 2023 – 2024 school calendar for Malaysia was only confirmed on 10 December 2022, with an additional delay of one week.

On 8 November 2023, the Malaysia Ministry of Education quietly released the 2024 – 2025 school term + holiday calendar (PDF download), which would begin in March 2024, and end in January 2024.

This shortened school year is in line with efforts to bring the school year back to the pre-pandemic schedule, as announced in May 2023.

  • The 2024/2025 academic calendar is being brought forward to start in February 2025.
  • The 2026 academic calendar will then begin in January 2026.

Read more : Malaysia Schools To Start In January Again From 2026!

 

2024 – 2025 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

Here is the 2024 – 2025 Malaysia school term calendar that the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) released in November 2023.

Group A states (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) will begin the 2024 school term on 10 March 2024, and end on 15 February 2025.

Group B states (Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya) should begin the 2023 school term on 11 March 2024, and end on 16 February 2025.

The opening of the 2024 – 2025 school year in Malaysia has been brought forward by about 9 days, and the school year shortened by 2 weeks, compared to last year.

The number of school holidays have been reduced by 17 days, down from 75 days last year to just 58 days in the 2024 – 2025 school year.

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Group A : 2024 – 2025 school year will last from 10 March 2024 until 15 February 2025
Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 10 March 2024 23 May 2024 48
Term 1 Holiday 24 May 2024 2 June 2024 10
Term 2 3 June 2024 12 September 2024 71
Term 2 Holiday 13 September 2024 21 September 2024 9
Term 3 Part 1 22 September 2024 19 December 2024 63
Term 3 Holiday 20 December 2024 28 December 2024 9
Term 3 Part 2 29 December 2024 16 January 2025 15
Year End Holiday 17 January 2025 15 February 2025 30

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Group B : 2023 / 2024 academic year will last from 11 March 2024 until 16 February 2025
Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 11 March 2024 24 May 2024 48
Term 1 Holiday 25 May 2024 2 June 2024 9
Term 2 3 June 2024 13 September 2024 72
Term 2 Holiday 14 September 2024 22 September 2024 9
Term 3 Part 1 23 September 2024 20 December 2024 62
Term 3 Holiday 21 December 2024 29 December 2024 9
Term 3 Part 2 30 December 2024 17 January 2025 14
Year End Holiday 18 January 2025 16 February 2025 30

 

Extra Holidays For 2024 – 2025 Malaysia School Term!

Here is the list of additional holidays for schools in Malaysia for the academic year of 2024 – 2025 :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year Saturday + Sunday,
10 and 11 February 2024
Part of 2023-2024
Year-End Holiday
Hari Raya Aidilfitri 7 to 9 April 2024
10 to 11 April 2024
3 extra days
Public Holiday
Hari Deepavali 30 October 2024
31 October 2024
1 extra day
Public Holiday
Christmas 25 December 2024 Public Holiday
Chinese New Year Wednesday + Thursday,
29 and 30 January 2025
Part of 2024-2025
Year-End Holiday

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year Saturday and Sunday,
10 and 11 February 2024
Within 2023
Year-End
Holiday
Hari Raya Aidilfitri 8 to 9 April 2024
10 to 11 April 2024
12 April 2024
2 extra days
Public Holiday
1 extra day
Pesta Kaamatan Only for Sabah + Labuan
Thursday and Friday,
31 and 31 May 2024
Part of
Term 1
Holidays
Hari Gawai Dayak Only for Sarawak
Saturday, 1 June 2024
Sunday, 2 June 2024
Part of
Term 1
Holidays
Hari Deepavali Except Sarawak
30 October 2024
31 October 2024

1 November 2024

1 extra day
Public Holiday
1 extra day
Only for Sarawak
30 October 2024
31 October 2024


1 extra day
Public Holiday
Christmas 25 December 2024 Part of
Term 3
Holidays
Chinese New Year Wednesday + Thursday,
29 and 30 January 2025
Part of 2024-2025
Year-End Holiday

 

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Klang Valley Water Cut Recovery Less Than 40% So Far!

Klang Valley residents will need to put up with the October 2023 water cut longer than expected, because water supply recovery is still less than 40% to date!

 

Major Water Cut In Klang Valley From 10-12 October 2023!

Please note that this is genuine news, and should not be confused with the fake news that was circulating earlier about a 4-day water cut in the Klang Valley, or the emergency water cut on 10 October.

At 26 September 2023, Air Selangor announced that it will shut down the Sungai Langat Water Treatment Plant (WTP) for asset upgrading, and maintenance works.

The upgrading works at the Sungai Langat WTP will take place from 9 AM to 7 PM on Tuesday, 10 October 2023. After that, Air Selangor expects water supply to be fully restored to all affected areas by 12 PM noon on Thursday, 12 October 2023.

Unfortunately, there appears to be delays in restoring water supply to the affected areas. As of 9 AM on 12 October 2023, only 38.35% of affected areas have had their water supply restored.

In the next section, you will find the list of Klang Valley areas that are still experiencing water cuts as of 9 AM, 12 October 2023.

Clean and safe treated water supply has been distributed in stages to consumers.

As of 9:00 am, 12 October 2023 (Thursday), the recovery status of the water supply in the affected areas has reached 38.35%. The list of areas that has not yet recovered is as shown.

The duration of the water supply recovery in the affected areas will vary depending on the location and distance of consumers’ premises.

Read more : Major Water Cut In Klang Valley From 10-12 October 2023!

 

Klang Valley Areas Still Affected By October 2023 Water Cut!

Here is the latest list of areas still affected by the October 2023 water cut in the Klang Valley!

Kuala Lumpur

Petaling + Hulu Langat Districts

 

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Major Water Cut In Klang Valley From 10-12 October 2023!

Klang Valley residents should start getting ready today for at least two days of water cut, from 10-12 October 2023!

Updated @ 2023-10-12 : Added an update on delayed restoration of water supply in the Klang Valley
Originally posted @ 2023-10-09

 

Major Water Cut In Klang Valley From 10-12 October 2023!

Please note that this is genuine news, and should not be confused with the fake news that was circulating earlier about a 4-day water cut in the Klang Valley, or the emergency water cut on 10 October.

Update : Water supply has been restored to less than 40% on 12 October, and is delayed for most areas. Please see our update article for more details.

At 26 September 2023, Air Selangor announced that it will shut down the Sungai Langat Water Treatment Plant (WTP) for asset upgrading, and maintenance works.

The upgrading works at the Sungai Langat WTP will take place from 9 AM to 7 PM on Tuesday, 10 October 2023. After that, Air Selangor expects water supply to be fully restored to all affected areas by 12 PM noon on Thursday, 12 October 2023.

Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) would like to inform about the implementation of asset improvement and maintenance works at the Sungai Langat Water Treatment Plant (WTP).

The implementation of these works will cause a scheduled water supply disruption in the Petaling, Kuala Lumpur and Hulu Langat regions starting at 9:00 am, 10 October 2023 (Tuesday). The works are expected to be completed by 7:00 pm, 10 October 2023 (Tuesday).

Water supply is expected to start being distributed to users in stages after the improvement and maintenance works are completed, and then when the main water supply distribution system has been stabilized. Water supply is expected to be fully restored at 12:00 noon, 12 October 2023 (Thursday).

The duration of interruption and restoration of water supply in the affected areas is different depending on the distance of the location of the user’s premises and the pressure on the water supply distribution system.

Air Selangor will move water tankers to the affected areas by giving priority to critical premises such as hospitals, clinics, dialysis centers and funerals. Therefore, Air Selangor would like to advise the affected customers to store sufficient water supply and use water prudently throughout the period of this scheduled water supply interruption.

For commercial customers, treated water supplies can be purchased at any Air Selangor customer service counter in the affected region. For this purpose, commercial customers can use their respective water tankers at the two water filling stations that will be opened at Sunway Batu Caves and Selayang Mutiara.

Read more : Klang Valley Water Cut Recovery Less Than 40% So Far!

 

List Of Klang Valley Areas Affected By October 2023 Water Cut!

Here is the official list of areas affected by the October 2023 water cut in the Klang Valley!

Kuala Lumpur

Petaling District

Hulu Langat District

 

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Air Selangor : Emergency Water Cut In KL + Selangor Over!

Air Selangor initiated an emergency water cut involving 3 water treatment plants, affecting thousands of homes across Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

Fortunately, that is now over, but Selangor and KL residents are still expected to face “unscheduled water disruption” and “low water pressure” for some time.

 

Air Selangor : Emergency Water Cut In KL + Selangor Due To Pollution!

Please note that this is genuine news, and should not be confused with the 2-day water cut, or the fake news that was circulating earlier about a 4-day water cut in the Klang Valley.

In the wee hours of 10 October 2023, Air Selangor initiated an emergency water cut involving 3 water treatment plants, affecting thousands of homes across Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

This was an “unscheduled” water cut that is separate from the planned water cut for some parts of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, scheduled for 10-12 October.

Due to an “odour pollution incident at Sungai Selangor”, Air Selangor was forced to temporarily shut down three water treatment plants. But fortunately, they were able to resume operation by 4 AM.

Even so, Air Selangor says that certain areas in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur should expect “unscheduled water disruption” and “low water pressure” for some time.

Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) would like to inform on the water supply disruption due to the temporary shutdown at the Sungai Selangor Phase 1 (SSP1), Sungai Selangor Phase 2 (SSP2), Sungai Selangor Phase 3 (SSP3) and Rantau Panjang Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) following an odour pollution incident at Sungai Selangor.

As of 4:00 am this morning (10 October 2023), all four SSP1, SSP2, SSP3 and Rantau Panjang WTPs have resumed operations. However, unscheduled water disruption and low water pressure are still expected at some areas in Klang, Shah Alam, Petaling, Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Hulu Selangor and Kuala Selangor regions. The list of affected areas is being updated and will be announced soon.

Alternative assistance through water tankers has been mobilised to the affected areas by giving priority to critical premises. Air Selangor is taking every effort to minimise the impact of disruptions on affected users.

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List Of KL + Selangor Areas Affected By Emergency Water Cut!

Here is the official list of areas affected by the October 2023 emergency water cut in the Selangor and KL!

Kuala Lumpur

Petaling District

Gombak District

Klang District

Shah Alam District

Kuala Selangor District

Hulu Selangor District

 

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4-Day Water Cut For 2023 Klang Valley Pipe Upgrade?!

Is the Klang Valley going to be hit by a 4-day water cut for a major pipe upgrade in October 2023?!

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

 

Claim : 4-Day Water Cut For 2023 Klang Valley Pipe Upgrade!

People are sharing a TikTok video together with this warning about a 4-day water cut for the entire Klang Valley in October 2023:

Pls save enough water from 13 to 16-Oct-2023 as Klang valley pipe water upgrade exercise

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Truth : 4-Day Water Cut Is For 2021 Klang Valley Pipe Upgrade!

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

Fact #1 : Video Is Genuine But Old

First, let me just confirm that the video is genuine, and was posted by the @SelangorTV channel on TikTok. However, it is an old video from 2021, and has nothing to do with any water cut or pipe upgrade exercise in 2023.

Fact #2 : Air Selangor Did Not Announce Major Water Cuts

There are always minor water cuts to fix broken pipes and other localised issues, which you can check on the Air Selangor app.

For major water cuts that affect entire states or regions, Air Selangor will issue press releases, and make public announcements. However, there has been no such announcements in September 2023.

Fact #3 : Video Referred To 2021 Water Cut

If you look carefully at 00:54 of the video clip, there is a single frame that shows the date of the 4-day water cut – 9 AM on 13 October 2021.

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Fact #4 : 4-Day Water Cut Happened In October 2021

The 4-day water cut for the entire Klang Valley was a momentous event caused considerable hardship for many people, and businesses. However, it occurred almost two years ago.

On 1 October 2021, Air Selangor announced a 4-day water cut from 13-16 October 2021, to allow it to complete critical upgrading and maintenance works at the Sungai Selangor Phase 1 Water Treatment Plant (SSP1 WTP).

Here was the original Air Selangor press release announcing the commencement of the 4-day water cut:

Scheduled Upgrading and Maintenance Works for Air Selangor’s Critical Asset in Sungai Selangor Phase 1 Water Treatment Plant (SSP1 WTP) Commence

Posted on

Kuala Lumpur – Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) would like to inform that the upgrading and maintenance works for critical assets in Sungai Selangor Phase 1 Water Treatment Plant (SSP1 WTP) has commenced at 9:00 am today according to schedule as announced on 1 October 2021.

The maintenance works for the critical assets are expected to be completed at 11:00 pm, 13 October 2021. Water supply will be distributed in stages starting from 5:00 pm, 14 October 2021 once the water supply system has been stabilised. The duration of the water supply disruption and recovery in the affected areas will vary depending on the distance of the consumers’ premises and the water pressure at the distribution system. Water supply is expected to be fully restored at 9:00 pm, 16 October 2021.

A complete list of the affected areas, Public Water Taps, and Commercial Water Filling Stations is as listed in Appendix A and can also be obtained at hentitugas.airselangor.com.

Air Selangor will be mobilising alternative water supply to critical premises such as hospitals, dialysis centres, COVID-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre (PKRC) and Vaccination Centres (PPV) as well as for funerals.

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Long Queues At KLIA From Immigration Work To Rule Protest?!

Are travellers queuing up for hours at KLIA after immigration officers started a Work to Rule protest?!

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

 

Claim : Long Queues At KLIA Due To Immigration Work To Rule Protest!

People are sharing a video, claiming that it shows long queues at KLIA after immigration officers started a Work to Rule protest, over recent accusations of corruption!

Work to rule being enforced by immigration officers in KLIA as protest over the recent issue. Terrible if true! 🫢🧐🤨🤨🤨

Here’s a You Tuber telling us his story at the KLIA today. 😰😥😱

In the 1 minute and 22 seconds long video, a foreign tourist is seen complaining that he had to spend 2 hours getting through immigration at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

After waiting in line for an hour, he was sent to an immigration office where he had to wait for another hour before he was questioned. Only after an extensive questioning was the tourist released with a 90-day pass.

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No Evidence Long Queues At KLIA Are Due To Immigration Protest!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and social media platforms, and here are the reasons why!

Fact #1 : Fake News Is Based On Immigration Corruption Claims

First, I should point out that this fake news is based on the recent accusations of corruption involving immigration officers at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Here is a quick recap.

On Thursday, 29 June 2023, two ladies arrived at KLIA from Shenzhen, China – a senior official of a Chinese government-owned TV station, and her personal assistant.

The senior official was duly cleared and allowed entry by the Immigration Department, but her personal assistant was denied entry, and allegedly told that there were discrepancies in her travel documents. The lady was allegedly told that she would need to pay several thousand ringgit to be allowed to enter Malaysia.

The Chinese TV official called up the consulate general of Malaysia in Guangzhou to seek help. The consulate general’s staff then contacted Malaysia Tourism Minister Tiong King Sing, who went to KLIA to investigate the matter. The personal assistant was later allowed to enter Malaysia, after the Minister intervened.

A day later, Tiong claimed that there was a “culture of corruption” within the Immigration Department’s handling of foreign visitors at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

I feel it is high time that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) enter KLIA in full force to probe what is actually happening in this major entry point.

I’m grateful that my presence there managed to uncover an embarrassing situation for the country, in which there is a culture of corruption among a number of officers as well as chronic abuse of power at the country’s major gateway.

Tiong also said that he learnt that some immigration officers would demand up to RM3,000 to free tourists from detention, and he would be sending the information to the MACC.

They would demand RM3,000 to enable the tourists to go through a ‘special lane’ and RM12,000 for visa processing costs.

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Fact #2 : Unknown If Work To Rule Is Happening

I should also point out that the term, work to rule, refers to a situation where employees strictly follow their working hours, and do no more than the minimum required by their contract or job.

By that definition, it is unknown if any Immigration officer in KLIA is currently “protesting” through work to rule measures. They could simply be seen as doing their jobs, but nothing beyond that.

Fact #3 : Video Was Taken In May 2022

While it is impossible to know whether immigration officers are protesting through work to rule action, I can tell you that the viral video has absolutely nothing to do with the current controversy involving Malaysian Immigration officers at KLIA.

That’s because the video was originally taken in May 2022. The YouTuber in the video is called Ken Abroad, and he posted the video on 22 May 2023, with the title, “I Almost Got Denied Entry To Malaysia 🇲🇾“.

In the video, he detailed his journey from his home in Germany to Malaysia, via Turkey. When he landed in KLIA over a year ago, he spent more than 2 hours getting through immigration.

But notably – Ken Abroad was released without paying a single cent to immigration officers. Neither did he accuse them of corruption.

Fact #4 : Video Was Edited

The viral video originally had a long runtime of 15 minutes and 51 seconds, but was cropped to just 1 minute and 22 seconds.

Whoever cut this video to share on WhatsApp and social media platforms would obviously be aware that this was originally posted more than a year ago on YouTube.

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Fact #5 : Complaints About KLIA Queues Are Perennial

Complaints about long queues at KLIA immigration are perennial. If you check social media, you can see people complaining about this months and years ago, even before the COVID-19 pandemic!

Such queues are also not limited to KLIA immigration counters. They have been documented in airports all over the world, especially in very busy airports (like Heathrow and LAX), and during busy times (when multiple flights land at around the same time).

Just because there is a queue at the immigration counters does not mean there is any industrial work to rule action going on. Often, it just means that there is a large number of people queuing up to get processed.

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Beware – KL Police To Conduct Massive Traffic Op In July 2023!

Be warned – the KL police just announced it will conduct a massive traffic op throughout Kuala Lumpur for the month of July 2023!

 

Massive KL Police Traffic Op To Involve 1000 Officers!

On Tuesday, 28 June 2023, Kuala Lumpur Police Chief, Dato’ Mohd Shuhaily bin Mohd Zain officiated the launching ceremony of the KL police’s Kuala Lumpur Police Operation Respect for Road Laws together with Other Enforcement Agencies (Operasi Hormat Undang-undang Jalan Raya Polis Kuala Lumpur Bersama Agensi-agensi Penguatkuasaan Yang Lain).

This massive KL police operation will take place throughout Kuala Lumpur, for the entire month of July 2023. This operation will be conducted not just by the KL police, but also the Road Transport Department (JPJ), the KL city hall (DBKL), and the Environment Department (JAS).

Roughly 1000 police personnel and officers from other agencies will be involved in this operation, but they will focus on their respective jurisdictions:

This operation will involve about 1,000 officers and police personnel with the respective agencies focusing on the offences under their own jurisdiction.

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KL Police Traffic Op In July 2023 To Focus On 7 Aspects

Together with partner agencies, the massive KL police traffic operation in July 2023 will involve checking on illegal parking, obstruction of traffic, running red lights, illegal number plates, illegal tinting, and offences committed by motorcyclists.

Enforcement officials will immediately issue summonses to motorists and pedestrians caught flouting traffic laws during this operation, which will involve seven separate operations to curb traffic offences:

  • Operation Illegal Parking (Op Parkir Haram)
  • Operation Traffic Obstruction (Op Halangan)
  • Operation Red Light (Op Lampu Merah)
  • Operation Number Plates (Op Numbor Pendaftaran)
  • Operation Dark Tinting (Op Cermin Gelap)
  • Operation Motorcycle (Op Motosikal)
  • Operation Education (Op Didik)

Police and enforcement officers will also take this opportunity to educate motorists and pedestrians on the dangers of not obeying traffic rules.

In addition to looking out for traffic offences, the KL police will also run background checks on motorists for outstanding arrest warrants and criminal records, and look for stolen vehicles.

While not involved in traffic offences, the KL Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department will also be on the lookout for drug-related offences during this operation.

Finally, the police will also take action against workshops that are conducting illegal modifications of vehicles.

 

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2023 Public + School Holidays For Malaysia!

To help you plan your holidays in the new year, here is a summary of the public and school holidays in Malaysia for 2023!

Updated @ 2023-06-27 : Added extra public holiday for Hari Raya Haji 2023.
Updated @ 2023-04-20 : Added extra public holiday for Hari Raya 2023.
Updated @ 2023-04-11 : Added extra school holiday for Hari Raya 2023.
Updated @ 2023-04-07 : Added extra school holidays for 2023 / 2024 school term.

Originally posted @ 2023-01-02

 

2023 Public Holidays For Malaysia

Here are the public holidays for Malaysia in the year 2023. Some of these days may be subject to change.

Date Day Holiday States
1 Jan Sun New Year’s Day All states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan, Perlis and Terengganu
2 Jan Mon All states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan and Terengganu
14 Jan Sat YDPB Negeri
Sembilan’s Birthday
Negeri Sembilan
22 Jan
23 Jan
Sun
Mon
Chinese New Year All states
24 Jan Tue All states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan and Terengganu
1 Feb Wed Federal Territory Day Kuala Lumpur, Labuan,
Putrajaya
5 Feb Sun Thaipusam Johor, Kuala Lumpur,
Negeri Sembilan, Penang,
Perak, Putrajaya and
Selangor
6 Feb Mon Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan,
Penang, Putrajaya and Selangor
18 Feb Sat Israk and Mikraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan,
Perlis and Terengganu
19 Feb Sun Terengganu
4 Mar
5 Mar
Sat
Sun
Accession Anniversary
of Terengganu Sultan
Terengganu
23 Mar Thu Awal Ramadan Johor, Kedah and Melaka
Johor Sultan’s Birthday Johor
7 Apr Fri Good Friday Sabah and Sarawak
8 Apr Sat Nuzul al-Quran All states except Johor, Kedah,
Melaka, Negeri Sembilan,
Sabah and Sarawak
9 Apr Sun Kelantan and Terengganu
15 Apr Sat Declaration of Melaka
as a Historical City
Melaka
21 Apr
22 Apr
23 Apr
Fri
Sat
Sun
Hari Raya Aidilfitri All states
24 Apr Mon All states except Johor + Kedah
26 Apr Wed Sultan of Terengganu’s
Birthday
Terengganu
1 May Mon Labour Day All states
4 May Thu Wesak Day All states
17 May Wed Raja of Perlis’
Birthday
Perlis
22 May Mon Hari Hol Pahang Pahang
30 May
31 May
Tue
Wed
Harvest Festival Labuan and Sabah
1 Jun
2 Jun
Thu
Fri
Hari Gawai Sarawak
5 Jun Mon YDP Agong’s Birthday All states
18 Jun Sun Sultan of Kedah’s
Birthday
Kedah
28 Jun Wed Arafat Day Kedah and Terengganu
29 Jun Thu Hari Raya Haji All states
30 Jun Fri Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis,
Terengganu + Selangor
7 Jul Fri Georgetown World
Heritage City Day
Penang
8 Jul Sat Penang Governor’s
Birthday
19 Jul Wed Awal Muharram All states
22 Jul Sat Sarawak Day Sarawak
30 Jul
31 Jul
Sun
Mon
Sultan of Pahang’s
Birthday
Pahang
23 Aug Wed Hari Hol Almarhum
Sultan Iskandar
Johor
24 Aug Thu Melaka Governor’s
Birthday
Melaka
31 Aug Thu Merdeka Day All states
16 Sep Sat Malaysia Day All states
17 Sep Sun Kelantan and Terengganu
28 Sep Thu Prophet Muhammad’s
Birthday
All states
7 Oct Sat Sabah Governor’s
Birthday
Sabah
14 Oct Sat Sarawak Governor’s
Birthday
Sarawak
3 Nov Fri Sultan of Perak’s
Birthday
Perak
11 Nov Sat Sultan of Kelantan’s
Birthday
Kelantan
12 Nov
13 Nov
Sun
Mon
Sultan of Kelantan’s
Birthday
Kelantan
12 Nov Sun Deepavali All states except Sarawak
13 Nov Mon All states except Johor,
Kedah, Kelantan, Sarawak
and Terengganu
11 Dec Mon Sultan of Selangor’s
Birthday
Selangor
24 Dec Sun Christmas Eve Sabah
25 Dec Mon Christmas Day All states
26 Dec Tue Christmas Holiday Sabah

 

2023 School Holidays For Malaysia

The COVID-19 pandemic has thoroughly screwed up the school term and holidays. Instead of starting in January and ending in December, the new term now starts in March and every year will have two “academic years”.

This is quite confusing for many of us parents, so here is a quick summary of the school holidays for the year 2023.

Read more : 2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

Group A Schools

Here are the school holidays for Group A states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Holiday Start End Days
2022 Year End Holiday 17 Feb 18 Mar 30
2023 Mid-Term 1 Holiday 21 Apr 29 Apr 9
2023 End-Term 1 Holiday 26 May 3 Jun 9
2023 Term 2 Holiday 25 Aug 2 Sep 9
2023 Term 3 Holiday 15 Dec 1 Jan 18

In addition, the government also announced these extra holidays for Group A schools:

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year Sunday to Tuesday,
22 to 24 January 2023
1 extra day
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
2 extra days
Hari Raya Qurban Wednesday, 28 June 2023 1 extra day
Hari Deepavali Sunday, 12 November 2023
Monday, 13 November 2023
Public Holiday
1 extra day

Group B Schools

Here are the school holidays for Group A states of Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Holiday Start End Days
2022 Year End Holiday 18 Feb 19 Mar 30
2023 Mid-Term 1 Holiday 22 Apr 30 Apr 9
2023 End-Term 1 Holiday 27 May 4 Jun 9
2023 Term 2 Holiday 26 Aug 3 Sep 9
2023 Term 3 Holiday 16 Dec 1 Jan 17

In addition, the government also announced these extra holidays for Group B schools:

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year Friday to Tuesday,
20 to 24 January 2023
1 extra day
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
Friday, 21 April 2023
3 extra days
Pesta Kaamatan Only for Sabah + Labuan
Tuesday, 30 May 2023
Wednesday, 31 May 2023
2 extra days
Hari Gawai Dayak Only for Sarawak
Thursday, 1 June 2023
Friday, 2 June 2023
2 extra days
Hari Raya Qurban Wednesday, 28 June 2023
Thursday, 29 June 2023
2 extra days
Hari Deepavali Except Sarawak
Monday, 13 November 2023
Tuesday, 14 November 2023

Replacement
1 extra day
Only for Sarawak
Monday, 13 November 2023
1 extra day
Chinese New Year Friday, 9 February 2024
Saturday, 10 February 2024
Sunday, 11 February 2024
Monday, 12 February 2024
1 extra day
Public holiday
Public holiday
Replacement

 

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Did 6 Robbers Attack Man At Segambut KTM Station?!

Did 6 robbers just attack and stab a man at the Segambut KTM station in Kuala Lumpur?!

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

Updated @ 2023-05-07 : Added PDRM’s statement, as well as my clarification on the actual robbery.
Originally published @ 2023-05-06

 

Claim : Robbers Just Attacked Man At Segambut KTM Station!

People are sharing a video on WhatsApp, and social media, which claims to show a man get attacked and stabbed by 6 robbers at the Segambut KTM station.

Segambut. Public transport at night

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Truth : That’s Not Video Of Robbers Attacking Man In Segambut!

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

Fact #1 : Viral Video Was Recorded In 2022

While people are claiming that it just happened, but that’s not true. This video was recorded at around 10:30 PM on Sunday, 20 February 2022.

This is visible in the original CCTV video. The viral version being shared now intentionally cuts that out, so you won’t know it’s more than a year old!

Fact #2 : The Viral Robbery Happened In Brazil

The claim that this violent incident happened at the Segambut KTM station is utter nonsense.

Anyone who has been to any MRT / LRT / KTM station in Malaysia would readily point out that none of them have turnstiles like what’s seen in the viral video.

The incident actually happened at the Boiúna BRT station in Taquara, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Fact #3 : Victim Was Topping Up His Travel Card

Some people on social media claimed that the man was being robbed after he withdrew money from the ATM machine. That’s not true.

The victim was topping up his travel card at the BRT station, when two robbers came up the ramp to snatch his backpack.

When he fought back, a third robber hiding nearby came to assist the first two robbers. Then three more robbers jumped over the turnstiles from inside the station, and two of them proceeded to stab the victim with knives.

All six men then ran off, as the man stumbled backwards over the turnstile into the station.

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Fact #4 : The Victim Did Not Die

Some people on social media claimed that the victim died from the stabbings. That’s not true.

The man was injured during the robbery, but was taken to the Albert Schweitzer State Hospital in Realengo for treatment.

Fact #5 : Five Of The Robbers Were Arrested

Five of the robbers were detained by members of the public – two adult males aged 20 and 19, as well as three teenagers – two aged 17, and one aged 16.

Police officers later arrived to arrest the five robbers, and prevent the mob from lynching them. They also seized two knives that were used in the attack.

Fact #6 : Other People Were Robbed Too

This unfortunate man was not the only victim of this gang of. robbers that night. The BRT Operational Control Centre (CCO) raised the alarm when it spotted the gang robbing passengers.

BRT agents rushed to the scene, to find the victim who was just stabbed. Three of the victims later identified the five arrested robbers.

Fact #7 : PDRM Confirmed It’s Fake News

On Sunday, 7 May 2023, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) confirmed that the viral robbery video occurred in Brazil, not Segambut in Kuala Lumpur as alleged.

Sentul police chief Assistant Commissioner Beh Eng Lai said that the 41-second video clip titled “Segambut. Public transport at night” was in fact footage from an incident in Brazil last month.

Note : As I shared above, the robbery actually happened last year, not last month. This was confirmed by Brazilian news reports, as well as the timestamp of the actual CCTV video.

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2023 School Days + Holidays For Malaysia!

The COVID-19 pandemic has thoroughly screwed up the school term and holidays, so here is a quick summary of the class days and holidays for the year 2023.

Updated @ 2023-04-11 : Added extra school holiday for Hari Raya 2023.
Updated @ 2023-04-07 : Added extra school holidays for 2023 / 2024 school term.

Originally posted @ 2022-12-15

 

Two School Terms In Malaysia In 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic has thoroughly screwed up the school term and holidays. Instead of starting in January and ending in December, the new term now starts in March and every year will have two “academic years”.

This is quite confusing for many of us parents, so here is a quick summary of the school days and holidays for the year 2023.

Instead of looking at the 2023-2024 academic year, we are going to look at the school days and holidays for the calendar year of 2023.

Read more : 2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

 

2023 School Days + Holidays For Malaysia!

I created these tables of the 2023 school days + holidays based on the latest academic calendars provided by the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM).

Please note that there is an extra 7 days of holidays in March 2023.

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Group A School Starts School Ends Days
2022 Term 3 Part 2 1 January 2023 16 February 2023 32
2022 Year End Holiday 17 February 2023 18 March 2023 30
2023 Term 1 Part 1 19 March 2023 20 April 2023 24
2023 Mid-Term 1 Holiday 21 April 2023 29 April 2023 9
2023 Term 1 Part 2 30 April 2023 25 May 2023 18
2023 End-Term 1 Holiday 26 May 2023 3 June 2023 9
2023 Term 2 4 June 2023 24 August 2023 56
2023 Term 2 Holiday 25 August 2023 2 September 2023 9
2023 Term 3 Part 1 3 September 2023 14 December 2023 72
2023 Term 3 Holiday 15 December 2023 1 January 2023 18

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Group B School Starts School Ends Days
2022 Term 3 Part 2 3 January 2023 17 February 2023 31
2022 Year End Holiday 18 February 2023 19 March 2023 30
2023 Term 1 Part 1 20 March 2023 21 April 2023 23
2023 Mid-Term 1 Holiday 22 April 2023 30 April 2023 9
2023 Term 1 Part 2 1 May2023 26 May 2023 18
2023 End-Term 1 Holiday 27 May 2023 4 June 2023 9
2023 Term 2 5 June 2023 25 August 2023 55
2023 Term 2 Holiday 26 August 2023 3 September 2023 9
2023 Term 3 Part 1 4 September 2023 15 December 2023 72
2023 Term 3 Holiday 16 December 2023 1 January 2023 17

 

Extra CNY School Holidays For 2023!

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year Sunday to Tuesday,
22 to 24 January 2023
1 extra day
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
2 extra days
Hari Raya Qurban Wednesday, 28 June 2023 1 extra day
Hari Deepavali Sunday, 12 November 2023
Monday, 13 November 2023
Public Holiday
1 extra day
Christmas Monday, 25 December 2023 Public Holiday

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year Friday to Tuesday,
20 to 24 January 2023
1 extra day
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
Friday, 21 April 2023
3 extra days
Pesta Kaamatan Only for Sabah + Labuan
Tuesday, 30 May 2023
Wednesday, 31 May 2023
2 extra days
Hari Gawai Dayak Only for Sarawak
Thursday, 1 June 2023
Friday, 2 June 2023
2 extra days
Hari Raya Qurban Wednesday, 28 June 2023
Thursday, 29 June 2023
2 extra days
Hari Deepavali Except Sarawak
Monday, 13 November 2023
Tuesday, 14 November 2023

Replacement
1 extra day
Only for Sarawak
Monday, 13 November 2023
1 extra day
Christmas Monday, 25 December 2023 Public Holiday

 

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2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just updated the 2023 / 2024 school term + holiday calendar! Here is what you need to know!

Updated @ 2023-04-11 : Added extra school holiday for Hari Raya 2023.
Updated @ 2023-04-06 : Added extra school holidays for 2023 / 2024 school term.

Originally posted @ 2022-12-11

 

2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term To Begin In March!

On 29 August 2022, the former Malaysia Minister of Education, Dr. Radzi Jidin, announced that the 2023 school term will begin in March as scheduled.

He said that the decision was made after taking into account factors like the possibility of Northeast monsoon floods in the East Coast states at the end of the year, and the long interval before students could resume their studies after finishing their Sijil Pelajaran (SPM) examination.

By maintaining the start of the 2023 school term in March, students will not have to wait too long to continue their studies, allowing for better learning momentum.

However, the 2023 / 2024 school calendar for Malaysia was only confirmed on 10 December 2022, with an additional delay of one week.

Read more : 2023 Public + School Holidays For Malaysia!

 

2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) only confirmed the 2023 / 2024 school term and holiday calendar on 10 December 2022.

Group A states (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) will begin the 2023 school term on 19 March 2023, and end on 9 March 2024.

Group B states (Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya) should begin the 2023 school term on 20 March 2023, and end on 10 March 2024.

The opening of the 2023 / 2024 school year in Malaysia was delayed by one week, to ensure the smooth running of the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations.

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Group A : 2023 / 2024 academic year will last from 19 March 2023 until 9 March 2024
Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 Part 1 19 March 2023 20 April 2023 24
Mid-Term 1 Holiday 21 April 2023 29 April 2023 9
Term 1 Part 2 30 April 2023 25 May 2023 18
End-Term 1 Holiday 26 May 2023 3 June 2023 9
Term 2 4 June 2023 24 August 2023 56
Term 2 Holiday 25 August 2023 2 September 2023 9
Term 3 Part 1 3 September 2023 14 December 2023 72
Term 3 Holiday 15 December 2023 1 January 2024 18
Term 3 Part 2 2 January 2024 8 February 2024 28
Year End Holiday 9 February 2024 9 March 2024 30

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Group B : 2023 / 2024 academic year will last from 20 March 2023 until 10 March 2024
Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 Part 1 20 March 2023 21 April 2023 23
Mid-Term 1 Holiday 22 April 2023 30 April 2023 9
Term 1 Part 2 1 May2023 26 May 2023 18
End-Term 1 Holiday 27 May 2023 4 June 2023 9
Term 2 5 June 2023 25 August 2023 55
Term 2 Holiday 26 August 2023 3 September 2023 9
Term 3 Part 1 4 September 2023 15 December 2023 72
Term 3 Holiday 16 December 2023 1 January 2024 17
Term 3 Part 2 2 January 2024 9 February 2024 28
Year End Holiday 10 February 2024 10 March 2024 30

 

Extra Holidays For 2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term!

Here is the list of additional holidays for schools in Malaysia for the academic year of 2023 / 2024 :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year Sunday to Tuesday,
22 to 24 January 2023
1 extra day
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
2 extra days
Hari Raya Qurban Wednesday, 28 June 2023 1 extra day
Hari Deepavali Sunday, 12 November 2023
Monday, 13 November 2023
Public Holiday
1 extra day
Christmas Monday, 25 December 2023 Public Holiday
Chinese New Year Saturday, 10 February 2024
Sunday, 11 February 2024
Public holiday
Public holiday

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year Friday to Tuesday,
20 to 24 January 2023
1 extra day
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
Friday, 21 April 2023
3 extra days
Pesta Kaamatan Only for Sabah + Labuan
Tuesday, 30 May 2023
Wednesday, 31 May 2023
2 extra days
Hari Gawai Dayak Only for Sarawak
Thursday, 1 June 2023
Friday, 2 June 2023
2 extra days
Hari Raya Qurban Wednesday, 28 June 2023
Thursday, 29 June 2023
2 extra days
Hari Deepavali Except Sarawak
Monday, 13 November 2023
Tuesday, 14 November 2023

Replacement
1 extra day
Only for Sarawak
Monday, 13 November 2023
1 extra day
Christmas Monday, 25 December 2023 Public Holiday
Chinese New Year Friday, 9 February 2024
Saturday, 10 February 2024
Sunday, 11 February 2024
Monday, 12 February 2024
1 extra day
Public holiday
Public holiday
Replacement

 

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KPM declares extra school holiday for Hari Raya 2023!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just declared an extra school holiday for Hari Raya 2023!

 

KPM : April 19 is Special School Holiday for Hari Raya!

On 11 April 2023, the Ministry of Education declared that April 19 would be a special school holiday, in addition to the mid-term holiday which starts on April 20!

This announcement was made by Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek, in anticipation that Hari Raya Aidilfitri will fall on April 21.

We considered everyone’s views, and (this is) for the sake of everyone, especially teachers and education ministry staff, making plans to go back to their hometowns (for Aidilfitri),” she told reporters at an event today.

This year, Hari Raya Aidilfitri may fall on either April 21 or April 22, depending on the observation of the new moon of Syawal to occur after sunset on April 20.

However, the International Astronomy Centre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) predicted that the first day of Aidilfitri will fall on April 21.

Read more : 2023 Public + School Holidays For Malaysia!

 

Updated School Holiday Schedule for Hari Raya 2023

With the announcement, here are the updated holiday schedule for Hari Raya 2023.

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
2 extra days

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Hari Raya Aidilfitri Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
Friday, 21 April 2023
3 extra days

 

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TTDI Ramadan Bazaar Offers Full Digital Payments!

Tech Hunter just launched a a massive Ramadan Bazaar in TTDI called #TechMeToBazaar, where every vendor is fully equipped for digital payments!

 

TTDI Ramadan Bazaar Offers Full Digital Payments!

Tech Hunter just launched a Ramadan Bazaar in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI) called #TechMeToBazaar. The massive bazaar boasts over 150 stalls offering local delicacies, and expects to welcome over 200,000 visitors this year.

Thanks to Tech Hunter Global Sdn Bhd (“Tech Hunter”), visitors to the TTDI Ramadan Bazaar can make payments using a variety of digital modes, including debit or credit cards and e-wallets.

All stalls at the TTDI Ramadan Bazaar are fully equipped with payment terminals set up by PayHunter, a Tech Hunter subsidiary, so visitors can simply “wave” their debit or credit cards, or scan the QR codes to digitally transfer money using any e-wallet. Visitors no longer have to worry about bringing enough cash to pay for their buka puasa meals!

TTDI Ramadan Bazaar is also powered by SHOPLINE, a global Smart Commerce Enabler offering omnichannel commerce solutions. SHOPLINE recently integrated its POS system with Tech Hunter’s Smart Mobile Payment Terminal to allow retailers to easily place and checkout a customer’s order via a compact, wireless device – perfect for space-saving and mobile use at the bazaar!

Lastly, YTL Communications’ Yes is the telecommunications provider that powers the 5G connectivity throughout the entire bazaar.

“This Ramadan, we are proud to launch the first ever 5G Ramadan Bazaar, powered by Yes 5G as part of the Tech Me To Bazaar campaign,” said Wing K. Lee, Chief Executive Officer at YTL Communications. “In line with our ongoing mission to enable 5G for All, we are bringing 5G connectivity to one of the most engaged activities of the festive season. Through the Ramadan bazaar at TTDI, we are making 5G accessible for both vendors and customers alike to experience seamless connectivity, fast internet speeds and ultra-low latency through Yes 5G. We welcome all to our Yes booths located within the bazaar, to kickstart their 5G experience powered by Yes”.

 

Promotions @ TTDI Ramadan Bazaar!

Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN), SHOPLINE, GrabPay Malaysia and YTL Communications came together as sponsors to offer these promotions at the TTDI Ramadan Bazaar :

  • Visitors who use their BSN credit or debit card to make an accumulated spend of RM50 with a maximum combination of three (3) receipts, will stand a chance to win a one-time RM5 cashback during the campaign period from 23 March until 21 April 2023. A total of 4,000 winners will be selected randomly.
  • Visitors can also enjoy RM30 off, with a minimum purchase of RM200 using Grab’s PayLater function in the Grab app. Visitors will need to scan the GrabPay QR code at the stalls, key in the payment amount and “Pay Next Month” or “Pay in 4 Instalments” to enjoy the discount.

The TTDI Ramadan Bazaar is open from 3 PM every day from 23 March until 21 April 2023.

 

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Hannah Yeoh Launches SEEKscapes by JobStreet!

Minister of Youth and Sports Hannah Yeoh just launched SEEKscapes – a youth and career development initiative by JobStreet!

 

Hannah Yeoh Launches SEEKscapes by JobStreet!

On Saturday, 4 May 2023, the Malaysia Minister of Minister of Youth and Sports Hannah Yeoh launched SEEKscapes – a youth and career development initiative by JobStreet.

Taking place over two full days – 4 and 5 March 2023 – at the Kuala Lumpur Sentul Depot, SEEKscapes is organised by JobStreet by SEEK – Malaysia’s leading employment platform, with support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

JobStreet Managing Director Vic Sithasanan described the event as a “shining example of a public-private partnership” aimed at providing a platform for youths to discover and unlock their potential whilst providing jobs and career opportunities, while elevating Malaysia’s competitiveness as a nation.

SEEKscapes is not your typical job fair but a nation-building initiative for youths to further “discover themselves” and get insights into their personal development, while exploring career opportunities suited to their individual passions and strengths.

We are extremely grateful to YB Hannah Yeoh and her team at the Ministry of Youth and Sports for all the guidance and support they have given us to ensure a highly successful and productive event for attendees.

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SEEKscapes by JobStreet : What To Expect There?

JobStreet understands that youths who are stepping into the workforce for the first time may find this journey of discovery to be daunting and at times, confusing. So the SEEKscapes event was developed to engage with the youths, as well as provide them with a platform to learn and understand their personalities in a fun and refreshing way.

On arriving at SEEKscapes, attendees will start with a personality quiz that will help generate a digital infographic about themselves, and some suitable career suggestions.

They will also be able to engage with Malaysian companies on the lookout for talent, like Teleport, Sports Direct, Genting Malaysia, Big Bad Wolf Books, and Sunway Berhad.

To keep things fun, there will be live performances, dance groups, live music, fashion shows, as well as free drinks provided by JobStreet.

Head over to SEEKscapes by JobStreet from 4-5 March 2023 at:

Kuala Lumpur Sentul Depot @ Workshop1
Jalan Strachan, Sentul West,
51100 Kuala Lumpur

 

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Samsung Galaxy Space : Open To Public Till March 12!

The Samsung Galaxy Space is now open to the public, from now until March 12, 2023!

Take a look at what it is offering, and check it out yourself!

 

Samsung Galaxy Space : Open To Public Till March 12!

Samsung Galaxy Space is an experiential space created by Samsung Malaysia Electronics to offer visitors the chance to experience the power of Nightography with the latest Galaxy S23 devices.

It has four experiential zones – The Alley, The Ballie, The Escape, and Splash Art – each offering a different and unique opportunity to explore your photographic creativity.

Take a stroll through The Alley and snap amazing photos of its neon-lit features, before taking a dive in the ball pit of The Ballie. Then The Escape takes you on a video journey through KL’s coolest nightscapes. Finally, Splash Art lets you unleash your inner artist by literally making a splash!

After enjoying all four experiential zones, don’t forget to pick up a free cup of coffee at the barista van!

The Samsung Galaxy Space also features Pingmin Market – the latest trend in cultural and creative market, which supports local F&B and handicraft vendors. There, you can take your creativity to the next level in trendy workshops and daily activities like Busker jamming, k-pop dance battles, and more!

Tantalise your taste buds with the mouth-watering Daifuku workshop or unleash your inner artist at the Fluid Pouring workshop. And DIY enthusiasts out there should not miss out on the Tufting Coaster workshop, where you’ll learn how to make some cool coasters using tufting techniques.

If you’re a K-Pop fanatic, get hyped for the K-Pop Dance battle where you can learn the hottest Korean dance routines and show off your moves! On top of that, you will have the opportunity to also meet Hakken, the famous Malaysian cosplayer from Sarawak, at a fan meet session at 2 PM, 4 March 2023.

 

Samsung Galaxy Space : Some Photos Inside!

Here are some photos from inside Samsung Galaxy Space, to show you what you could be missing out if you don’t go!

 

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H&M Fitting Room Hidden Camera Under Investigation!

Both H&M and the police are investigating how a hidden camera was used to record videos of people in a fitting room and then sold online!

 

Hidden Camera Allegedly Used To Record Videos In H&M Fitting Room!

The H&M fitting room hidden camera scandal exploded on Wednesday, 11 January 2023, after a Twitter user called Nishea (@meleisgw) exposed a private group that was allegedly selling four videos showing couples inside a fitting room.

The video footage appeared to be taken from above the fitting room by a hidden camera, and the videos allegedly showed shoppers undressing and trying on clothes, as well as couples hugging and/or engaging in sexual activities.

The four videos have now leaked, and are being sold through social media and Telegram groups for about RM20 to RM30 (US$4.50 to RM6.80) for the full set. That may seem “cheap”, but it’s because so many people have them already.

If you are thinking of buying these videos, don’t. You are more than likely to get scammed. And will you report to the police that you were cheated of money while trying to buy illegally-recorded videos of people in a fitting room?

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One of the victims reached out to Nishea, and confirmed that the incident happened at the H&M store in the Avenue K mall in October 2022. The victim also said that she used the furthest most stall on the left of the fitting room.

She verified her story by showing her receipt of her clothes purchase on that day, and a photo of herself wearing the same clothes. A second victim also reached out to Nishea after that.

Both H&M and the police are now investigating the case.

 

H&M Fitting Room Hidden Camera Under Investigation!

After the incident erupted on social media, H&M addressed the issue, stating:

In response to recent concerns about hidden cameras in H&M fitting rooms, we have conducted an inspection of the fitting rooms in all H&M stores in Malaysia and are working to ensure that there are no security breaches that will compromise the privacy of our customers, as their safety is of utmost importance to us. All findings to date have been reported to the police, and investigations are currently ongoing.

The security manager of the Avenue K mall also lodged a police report over the matter at the Dang Wangi police station.

Assistant Police Commissioner OCPD Noor Delihan Yahya said that the police searched the H&M store but did not find any camera, and believe that the footage could have been recorded in a different location.

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) is now investigating the case under Section 509 of the Penal Code for intentionally insulting the modesty of any woman by word, through sound, gesture, or object.

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Here is our English translation of their press release on the matter.

On 11/01/2023 at approximately 0900hrs, one (1) 11-second video was uploaded by the owner of the Nishae Twitter account which shows the video recording from a hidden camera of the dressing room of a shopping center in the link https://twitter.com/meleisaw/status/1612094210810998785.

On 09/01/2023 at approximately 1638hrs, the Criminal Investigation Department of the Dang Wangi police headquarters, Kuala Lumpur received a police report regarding the incident. Preliminary investigations are underway to identify the date and location of the incident. The act is an offense under Section 509 of the Penal Code.

 

H&M Fitting Room Hidden Camera : Past Incident In China

This isn’t the first time H&M shoppers were targeted by hidden cameras in its fitting rooms.

Back in July 2017, a shopper called Chu spotted a hidden camera while changing her clothes inside a fitting room in the H&M store in Zhongshan, the south Guangdong province in China.

The camera was linked to a white plastic box behind the curtain on the other side of the door. The police later claimed that several other fitting rooms were also suspected to be fitted with hidden cameras.

However, I should point out that hidden cameras are a risk everywhere, not just in H&M fitting rooms, or any fashion outlet for the matter. It’s a risk in public toilets and even hotel rooms.

What we should learn about this is to be more aware of what’s around us in any room that is accessible to the public, even if it has a door and a lock.

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Are Push Pocket Criminals Targeting Tourists In KL?!

Are criminals using new push pocket tactics to target foreigners and tourists in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?!

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

 

Claim : KL Criminals Are Using New Push Pocket Tactics!

People are sharing this message about the new Push Pocket crimes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

It’s a long message, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts.

Genuine message posted by a law firm in Malaysia. If you’re going to KL, take note!

PUSH-POCKET IN KUALA LUMPUR

I am sure you all have heard of ‘pick pocket’. A new trend ‘push pocket’. Read on.. for your own good.

A few days ago a new type of crime has surfaced in town. It goes something like this:-

Somebody slips a hand-phone into your pocket, sometimes it could be just a wallet with an identity card and a few ringgit.

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Truth : KL Criminals Are Not Using New Push Pocket Tactics!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Push Pocket Is A Form Of Extortion

The so-called Push Pocket tactic is nothing new. It is a type of extortion scam, in which the criminal accuses the victim of being a thief – in a reversal of the usual pickpocket tactic.

A similar kind of tactic, called Zig-Zag, was reportedly being used in airports in Thailand, where tourists were allegedly accused of shoplifting in duty-free shops, and had to pay fees to avoid arrest.

Fact #2 : Viral Push Pocket Message Date Back To 2008

This viral message about the push pocket scam in Kuala Lumpur isn’t new. As far as I can tell, it dates back to at least 2008, when it was even shared on TripAdvisor by worried tourists.

It was given some prominence when The Star asked people to “beware of the push pocket scam” in October 2009. Since then, it has been reposted regularly in forums, on social media platforms, and WhatsApp groups.

Fact #3 : PDRM Has Received No Reports On Such Scams

After the message went viral again in January 2023, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) chimed in on the controversy on January 4, 2023.

PDRM secretary, Deputy Commissioner Datuk Norsiah Mohd Saaduddin said that checks showed PDRM has never received any report about such scams.

The public are urged to not fall for messages that have no basis and are not verified. Sharing or spreading such news can cause unrest and worry amongst the public.

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Fact #4 : Malaysia Has Laws + CCTV Cameras

Frankly speaking, it is improbable for such crimes to be committed, at least in airports and LRT or MRT stations, because they are covered by CCTV cameras. Malaysia is also not a lawless country, where police officers are blatantly corrupt and turn a blind eye to such crimes.

If a foreigner is accused of stealing from a local resident, the police in Malaysia will investigate and the CCTV footage will show that the foreign tourist did not steal anything.

And if there’s no CCTV footage, it doesn’t mean the foreign tourist gets jailed automatically. That means there is no evidence the foreign tourist stole the item, and therefore, the police have no right to arrest him/her.

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Did Kelana Jaya LRT Fail Due To Cracked Software?!

Did the Kelana Jaya LRT service fail because Prasarana used cracked software downloaded on BitTorrent?!

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

 

Claim : Kelana Jaya LRT Failed After Using Cracked Software!

After the Kelana Jaya LRT service was shut down for a week after multiple failures, this message went viral on WhatsApp and social media, claiming that it was due to the use of cracked software Prasarana downloaded on the BitTorrent network!

LRT KELANA JAYA MALFUNCTION DUE TO CRACKED SOFTWARE THAT PRASARANA USED IN THEIR SYSTEM. THIS MAY CAUSED BY LIMITATION OF SOME ACCESS DUE TO NEW UPDATE TO THE SOFTWARE. ISSUE HAS BEEN HIGHLIGHTED TO HIGHER MANAGEMENT TO PURCHASE THE SOFTWARE BUT PRASARANA DECIDED TO DOWNLOAD IT USING TORRENT.

 

Truth : Kelana Jaya LRT Did Not Fail Because Of Cracked Software!

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

Fact #1 : Kelana Jaya LRT Problems Due To ATC System Failure

On 9 November 2022, Prasarana conducted a special media briefing, in which it confirmed that the failures encountered by the Kelana Jaya LRT service was due to its malfunctioning Automatic Train Control (ATC) system.

In fact, they were forced to turn it off several times, and resort to manually driving the trains, which caused further delays to their train schedules.

Prasarana CEO admitted that they knew about the problem earlier, and had already approved the RM150 million ATC system replacement, but it would take a few months to complete.

Fact #2 : ATC System Is More Than Just Software

From what I can find out, the Kelana Jaya LRT service is using the SelTrac Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system from the Thales Group.

This automatic train control system is a combination of both communications and control hardware on the train, communications and control in the trains and station, as well as both hardware and software in the Operation Control Centre.

This isn’t like your typical Windows PC, where you can just mix and match compatible components, and then install and run cracked versions of Microsoft Office or Photoshop, to get some work done.

That’s why the ATC system replacement that Prasarana approved in October 2022 would take several months to complete. It isn’t simply a matter of installing new software.

The ATC system used in the Kelana Jaya LRT line is more than 24 years old. Not only is the software outdated, the hardware is likely way past its lifespan!

Fact #3 : Unlikely For Thales ATC Software To Feature Copy Protection

Automatic train control (ATC) software is proprietary and designed to work only with specific hardware. So it is unlikely that Thales would bother to add copy protection to their ATC software.

There is no reason for them to add copy protection, because no one would be able to use it with other hardware. They can reverse-engineer and learn from the software, but not actually do anything with it.

In short, even if someone gets a copy of the Thales ATC software, there is no need for him/her to “crack” the software to share them on BitTorrent.

Even if you get a copy of the Thales ATC software, what are you going to install it on? Your laptop? To run what? Your kids’ toy train set??

Fact #4 : Thales ATC Software Isn’t On BitTorrent

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing network, which people use to share files with each other.

Because the files being shared are stored on your computer, generally people will only share popular files – music, videos, and yes, games and office applications.

Thales automatic train control (ATC) system software is sadly, much too niche to be found on the BitTorrent network.

A search for everything Thales related, only shows three files with Thales in their name and none of them have anything to do with trains, or even software. In fact, all three are just ebooks.

  • Thales the Measurer
  • Unlocking the Customer Value Chain by These S Telxelra, Greg Piechota EPUB
  • Drawing Physics – 2,600 Years of Discovery from Thales to Higgs (2017) (Pub) Gooner

No matter what we may think of Prasarana, it’s really stupid to suggest that they would even be able to find a cracked version of the latest Thales ATC software on BitTorrent!

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Why Kelana Jaya LRT Line Shuts Down For 1 Week!

Find out why Rapid KL shut down the Kelana Jaya LRT line for a whole week!

 

Kelana Jaya LRT Line Shuts Down For 1 Week!

At 4:55 AM on 9 November 2022, Rapid KL announced that they are suspending sixteen stations on the Kelana Jaya LRT line for 7 days!

In addition, all other LRT stations will end their services earlier at 11 PM. Here is their official notice, with my English translation:

Kemaskini Gangguan Perkhidmatan LRT Laluan Kelana Jaya:

16 stesen LRT dari Stesen Kelana Jaya hingga Stesen Ampang Park digantung operasi selama 7 hari bermula hari ini.

Lain-lain stesen beroperasi seperti biasa dan akan menamatkan perkhidmatan lebih awal iaitu pada jam 11 malam.

Terima kasih

Kelana Jaya Line LRT Service Interruption Update:

16 LRT stations from Kelana Jaya Station to Ampang Park Station are suspended for 7 days starting today.

Other stations will operate as usual and will end services earlier at 11pm.

Thank you

 

Kelana Jaya LRT Line Disruption Caused By ATC System

At a special media briefing at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, 9 November 2022, Prasarana CEO Mohd Azharuddin Mat Shah stated that the disruption of the Kelana Jaya LRT line was due to faulty electronic components in its Automatic Train Control (ATC) system.

The disruption, which resulted in the loss of signal between the control centre and also the trains caused the trains to be dysfunctional automatically between the Kelana Jaya station and the Ampang Park station.

This is a serious problem that has never happened before. Rapid Rail is assisted by a special team from original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Thales Group from Toronto, Canada, to find short and long-term solutions. This includes tests on existing devices and software.

Efforts will be made by RapidRail to address the problem. Free feeder bus service will be provided for passengers and to reduce congestion at the affected stations.

He said that as of 11 AM today, Rapid KL has provided 69 feeder buses to ferry passengers for free on the Kelana Jaya LRT route.

The 7-day shut down will give Rapid KL engineers time to analyse and identify the problem, and hopefully solve the problem long enough for an ATC replacement to be completed.

In response to a question, Prasarana CEO Mohd Azharuddin Mat Shah said that they had already foreseen the need to replace the ATC system because it’s at the end of its lifespan, and will upgrade it after this incident.

However, he shared that the RM150 million ATC system replacement will take a few months.

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Kelana Jaya Line LRT Line Has Been Problematic Lately

The Kelana Jaya line has been beset by problems since Saturday, 5 November, but the biggest problems were seen in the last 2 days.

Rapid KL had to issue a flurry of social media updates, and send out shuttle buses, as frustrated passengers waited futilely at LRT stations for hours.

Monday, 7 November 2022

11:47 AM : Rapid KL reported technical issues between KLCC and Ampang Park.

12:17 PM : Rapid KL sent buses to ferry passengers after LRT service between Pasar Seni and Damai apparently broke down.

1:15 PM : Rapid KL stopped all trains between Kelana Jaya and KLCC, for 30 minutes at 1:10 PM.

1:26 PM : Rapid KL sent buses to ferry passengers from the Pasar Seni, Damai and Ara Damansara stations.

2:12 PM : Rapid KL reported that it fixed problems with the LRT service at 1:40 PM, and the service was being reinstated in stages.

2:20 PM : Rapid KL reported that the Kelana Jaya LRT line was fully operational, with a normal schedule.

3:43 PM : Rapid KL reported technical issues between KLCC and Ampang Park again.

4:38 PM : Rapid KL sent buses to ferry passengers after LRT service at Damai, KLCC and Pasar Seni stations apparently ceased.

4:51 PM : Rapid KL said that the Kelana Jaya LRT trains are being reinstated in stages.

8:48 PM : Rapid KL reported technical issues between KLCC and Kelana Jaya.

8:56 PM : Rapid KL shut down LRT service between KLCC and Kelana Jaya, and asked passengers to look for alternative transportation.

10:12 PM : Rapid KL shut down service between Ampang Park and Kelana Jaya, and asked passengers to look for alternative transportation.

11:04 pM : RapidKL announced that it will shut down service between Gombak and Kelana Jaya at 11:15 PM.

Tuesday, 8 November 2022

6:07 AM : Rapid KL reported that service on the Kelana Jaya LRT line has been fully restored.

12:33 PM : Rapid KL announced that the Kelana Jaya LRT line has been experiencing problems since Saturday, 5 November 2022 due to an unstable Automatic Train Control (ATC) system, forcing the trains to be driven manually. It also announced that their management has decided to change the ATC system completely – a process that will take a few months to complete.

3:32 PM : Rapid KL reported technical issues between KLCC and Kelana Jaya yet again.

3:52 PM : Rapid KL shut down service between KLCC and Kelana Jaya, and asked passengers to look for alternative transportation.

4:49 PM : Rapid KL shut down LRT service between Ampang Park and Kelana Jaya.

9:40 PM : Rapid KL announced that the entire Kelana Jaya LRT line will stop operating at 11 PM.

 

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SUKE Highway Toll Rates, Starting October 15!

Phase 1 of the SUKE highway is now fully operational, and here are its toll rates!

 

SUKE Highway Toll Rates, Starting October 15!

The Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) is no longer free for public use.

SUKE is now fully operational, with motorists charged RM2.30 at the Bukit Teratai and Ampang toll plazas for Class 1 vehicles.

That means motorists will pay RM4.60 to travel from the Phase 1 stretch from the Cheras-Kajang Interchange to Bukit Antarabangsa.

Once the third toll plaza at Alam Damai is open, and if it also applies the same RM2.30 toll rate, then it will cost Class 1 motorists a total of RM6.90 to travel the full length of the SUKE highway in either direction.

These toll rates officially take effect at 12:01 AM on Saturday, October 15, 2022:

Type Vehicle
Class
Details Toll Rate
Car 1 Vehicle with two axles and
three / four wheels
(not including taxi or bus)
RM 2.30
Lorry 2 Vehicle with two axles and
five / six wheels
(not including bus)
RM 4.60
Trailer 3 Vehicle with three axles or more
(not including bus)
RM 6.90
Car 4 Taxi RM 1.20
Bus 5 Bus RM 2.30

 

SUKE Highway : Launched In September, Free For 1 Month!

SUKE was officially launched on September 16, 2022, with Phase 1 made free to use for one month.

The 16.6 kilometre stretch of Phase 1 of the SUKE highway runs from the Cheras-Kajang Interchange to Bukit Antarabangsa. The subsequent stretch from Sri Petaling and KESAS Highway to Cheras-Kajang will open at a later date.

SUKE will have three toll plazas – Alam Damai, Bukit Teratai and Ampang, of which only the Bukit Teratai and Ampang toll plazas are open.

Once fully completed, SUKE will have 14 interchanges in total – Sri Petaling, Sungai Besi, Alam Damai, Cheras-Kajang, Cheras-Hartamas, Bukit Teratai, Tasik Tambahan, Permai, Kosas, Pekan Ampang, Ampang Point, Ulu Kelang, Hillview, and Bukit Antarabangsa.

SUKE is notable for featuring Malaysia’s first helicoidal ramp – the Cheras-Kajang Expressway (CKE) connects to SUKE through two spiral loops.

Tragically, it was also involved in an accident that killed three people during its construction.

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Toll Fares Reduced For Six Klang Valley Highways!

Toll fares for six major Klang Valley highways will be reduced this month, and next year, in what appears to be a GE15 election sweetener!

 

Toll Fares Reduced For Six Klang Valley Highways!

On Thursday, October 13, 2022, the caretaker Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced a toll fare reduction for six major Klang Valley highways.

The toll fares for these four highways will be reduced on Thursday, October 20, 2022:

  • Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH)
  • Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE)
  • Kemuning-Shah Alam Highway (LKSA)
  • Kajang Dispersal Link Expressway (SILK)

The toll fares for these two highways will be reduced on Sunday, January 1, 2023:

  • Kajang-Seremban Highway (LEKAS)
  • Besraya Highway

According to Ismail Sabri, the decision to reduce the toll fares for the first four highways was made in a Cabinet meeting on May 18, while the decision to reduce the toll fares for the last two highways was made on June 1.

Parliament was dissolved on October 10, paving the way for the GE15 general elections within 60 days. The fact that this decision was only announced after Parliament dissolution can be seen as an election sweetener.

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Ismail Sabri also announced that the government agreed on March 4 to:

  • widen the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway (KLK) and add a new lane from the Gombak toll plaza to the Bentong Toll Plaza, to reduce traffic jams,
  • construct a new tunnelled road at Genting Sempah to accommodate higher traffic and reduce congestion
  • initiate flood mitigation works on the East Coast Expressway Phase 1

All these improvement works took the restructuring of toll rates into account, with supplementary concession agreements being finalised.

Through this latest restructuring, the government has saved approximately RM8.8 billion in compensation that should have been paid to the concessionaires involved. Additionally, highway users can enjoy lower toll rates to ease the cost of living.

 

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Dell 40-Nation Survey : Employees Are Greatest Asset!

Dell Technologies just conducted a new 40+ country survey to find out things have changed after two years of accelerated digital transformation!

Take a look at their results, and find out why most businesses consider employees as their greatest asset!

 

Dell 40-Nation Survey : Employees Are Greatest Asset!

After two years of accelerated digital transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic, 64% of IT leaders in Malaysia (APJ: 45%; Global: 50%) say their organisations know what it takes to digitally transform a workforce.

But after such rapid change, many employees now face the challenge of maintaining the pace. What’s more, more than two-thirds of the 10,500 respondents believe that their organisations are not able to engage with their employees properly when planning transformation programs.

The results suggest that after 2 years rapid transformation, businesses and their workforce are in need of time to recharge, reflect and refine before embarking on new or iterating projects.

The research also highlights how there is still the danger os digital transformation stalling, as 68% of Malaysian respondents (APJ: 72%; Global: 64%) believe that their employees’ resistance to change can lead to failure.

Over half or 57% of Malaysian respondents (APJ: 62%; Global: 53%)  fear that they will be shut-out of the rapidly-evolving digital world due to a lack of people with the right authority or vision to capitalise on opportunities offered by new technologies, like as-a-Service models.

Most organisations around the world – including Malaysia – realise the need to digitally transform, but they find digital transformation hard, and their people don’t always embrace change.

This human-technology friction is only compounded by the pandemic and what we end up with is businesses that are more digitally resilient, but many of their people are exhausted.

Today, businesses aspiring for sustainable success need to be asking themselves how they can thoughtfully and purposefully help their people navigate further change.

– Mak Chin Wah, country manager, Malaysia and general manager, Telecom Systems Business, South Asia, Dell Technologies.

 

Dell 40-Nation Survey : Readiness For Digital Change

Dell and independent behavioural experts also studied survey respondents’ appetite for digital change, and they found that only 8% of the Malaysian workforce – from senior business leaders to IT decision-makers and staff – are pursuing modernisation projects (APJ: 7%; Global: 10%).

Furthermore, 40% of Malaysian respondents are slow or reluctant to embrace change (APJ: 46%; Global: 42%).

Breakthrough Benchmark Malaysia APJ Global
Sprint: Will chase innovation and
trailblaze technological change.
8% 7% 10%
Steady: Poised to adopt technological
change, selected by others.
50% 41% 43%
Slow: Inclined to hold back and
observe / deliberate.
40% 46% 42%
Still: Tend to anticipate problems and
resist proposed technology innovations
based on perceived risk.
4% 6% 5%

 

Dell 40-Nation Survey : The Way Forward

The Dell study also charts a way forward for businesses to focus on keeping pace with digital transformation:

1. Connectivity

Businesses performed tremendous feats to connect, collaborate, and conduct business online during the pandemic, but the job is not done.

Around 76% of Malaysian respondents say they need their organisations to provide the necessary tools and infrastructure to work anywhere (along with the autonomy to choose their preferred working pattern) (APJ: 78%; Global: 72%).

In fact, they worry their employees might be left behind because they do not have the right technology to shift to a highly distributed model (where work and compute are not tied to a central place, but occur everywhere).

Technology alone is not enough. Businesses also need to make work equitable for employees with different needs, interests, and responsibilities, including the 82% Malaysian employees (APJ: 78; Global: 76%) that would like their organisation to do any of the following:

  • Clearly define their ongoing commitment to flexible work arrangements and the practicalities of making it work – Malaysia: 54% (APJ: 46%; Global: 40%)
  • Equip leaders to effectively and equitably manage remote teams – Malaysia: 41% (APJ: 42%; Global: 42%)
  • Empower employees to choose their preferred working pattern and provide the necessary tools / infrastructure – Malaysia: 49% (APJ: 47%; Global: 44%)

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2. Productivity

Every employee’s time is limited and there are now too few qualified candidates for open roles. To address these limitations, businesses can delegate repetitive tasks to automated processes and free-up employees to focus on higher-value work.

At present, 19% of Malaysian respondents say that their work is stimulating and not repetitive (APJ: 32%; Global: 37%). With the opportunity to automate more repetitive tasks, 81% of Malaysian respondents would look forward to learning new, sought-after skills and technologies, like leadership skills, courses in machine learning, or focusing on more strategic opportunities to elevate their role (APJ: 74%; Global; 69%).

However, businesses with limited budgets are concerned they will not be able to advance their workforce and compete.

3. Empathy

At their heart, businesses must build a culture, modelled by empathetic leaders, that treats people as their greatest source of creativity and value.

The research shows there is still work to do and empathy has to inform decision making – from simplifying technology for approximately half (Malaysia: 51%; APJ: 52%; Global: 49%) who often feel overwhelmed by complex technologies, to tailoring change programs to individuals’ skills (Malaysia: 54%; APJ: 50%; Global: 41%;) of employees believe their leaders do this).

Read more : Dell Survey On Remote Work Readiness In Malaysia!

 

Dell 40-Nation Survey : A Quick Primer

To find out how things have changed after two years of accelerated digital transformation, Dell Technologies conducted a survey across 40+ countries from all regions of the world, from August to October 2021.

Fieldwork was conducted by Vanson Bourne, and involved 10,500 senior business decision-makers, IT decision-makers and knowledge workers (employees involved in digital transformation).

In Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ), 2,900 respondents across 11 locations were surveyed. The APJ locations include Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. In Malaysia, 200 number of respondents were surveyed.

On 22 September 2022, Dell Technologies presented their key findings at the Dell Technologies Forum 2022, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

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Maxis Network Down : Full Restoration Soon!

The Maxis mobile network has been down for several hours in the Klang Valley, but they say that the network will be fully restored soon!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Maxis Network Down : No Calls, No Internet

On Friday, June 30, 2022, Maxis experienced a significant network failure in the Klang Valley, with many people unable to make calls, or connect to the Internet using mobile data.

Maxis issued a press statement this morning, stating that they are working on restoring their network.

We are aware that our customers have been experiencing service disruptions. Rest assured that our team is working hard to identify and resolve the matter as soon as possible. We would like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience, and apologise for the inconvenience during this time.

There was a complete loss of signal, with some people being reverted to EDGE, instead of 4G LTE.

People from various areas of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, like Damansara Perdana, Ara Damansara, Puchong, Cheras, Ampang, Mutiara Damansara and Bandar Utama reported this problem.

 

Maxis Network Down : Full Restoration Soon!

At about 1:45 PM, Maxis announced that their network is being restored gradually, and they expect full restoration soon.

We would like to update our customers who were experiencing network disruptions earlier, that services are being restored gradually, and expect full restoration soon. We would like to once again thank our customers for their understanding and patience.

Just in case your connectivity isn’t restored automatically, you can try reset your phone’s connectivity by turning the Airplane mode on, and then off.

This will disconnect your phone from the Maxis network and reset the connection, hopefully restoring your access to the network.

You may have to do this 2-3 times. When I did it the first time, they switched me to the EDGE network and while I could make calls – they didn’t seem to be connecting.

I could only connect to the 4G LTE network after reconnecting for the second time. So keep trying, and you should get connected again.

Let’s see if Maxis issues its affected users some kind of compensation for this network failure… 😉

 

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Rapid KL Survey NOT Required For Taxpayer-Paid Free Rides!

You are NOT required to fill in their survey for the free rides on Rapid KL trains or buses subsidised by Malaysian taxpayers!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Free Rapid KL Rides For 1 Month : Subsidised By Taxpayers!

On 16 June 2022, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaakob officially launched the opening of Phase 1 of the MRT Putrajaya Line.

In conjunction with that launch, he announced that all Rapid KL train and bus rides will be free of charge for a month, from 16 June to 15 July 2022. This free ride program also includes KTM Komuter rides in the Klang Valley.

However, it was not some kind of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or launch promotion by Rapid KL. These free rides were subsidised by the Malaysian government, to the tune of RM155 million – RM140 million will go to Rapid KL, while KTM will receive RM15 million.

In other words – taxpayers are ultimately footing the bill for these free rides.

Read more : All Rapid KL + KTM Rides Are FREE For 1 Month!

 

Initially : Rapid KL Requires Survey For Gov-Paid Free Rides?!

About a day after the announcement of the free rides, Rapid KL released its Terms and Conditions (PDF download), in which passengers were asked to participate in their survey, in order to enjoy the Rapid KL Free Rides (RKLFR) programme.

Passengers were asked to either install and register an account the MyRapid PULSE app, and fill in the survey there; or fill in a physical form at the stations. They were also asked to “keep a screenshot or the top portion of the completed [survey] form to enjoy the RKLFR“.

Its Terms & Conditions stated, explicitly, that (with my emphasis in bold) :

5. Customers who are using tokens are required to redeem the token at any of Rapid KL Customer Service Offices (LRT/MRT/Monorail/BRT/ Selected Bus Hubs) and fill up the form in MyRapid PULSE or fill up the hardcopy survey form before entering the gates.

6. Customers who are using cashless (My50 pass, Touch ‘N Go card and Concession card) need to fill up the form in MyRapid PULSE or fill up the hardcopy survey form before entering the gates. 

There was an immediate social media backlash to the requirement to participate in the Rapid KL survey, in return for the taxpayer-sponsored free rides.

 

Now : Rapid KL Survey NOT Required For Taxpayer-Paid Free Rides!

Rapid KL quickly responded to the furore by “clarifying” that passengers are not forced to download the PULSE app, or participate in the survey.

When I took the MRT and LRT recently, there was no one enforcing the survey requirement. I just tapped my Touch ‘n Go card through the gantries. No one asked to check for a completed survey.

However, it is unlikely that the RapidKL Terms & Conditions was a misunderstanding. Rapid KL repeated the “requirements” in social media posts, like this example (with my English translation)

Terma Dan Syarat

2. Muat turun aplikasi MyRapid PULSE untuk menebus 30 hari perjalanan percuma.

Terms And Conditions

2. Download the MyRapid PULSE app to redeem 30 days of free travel.

In another Facebook post, Rapid KL specifically asked passengers to complete the survey to obtain the free rides.  Here is my English translation of their requirements :

To redeem free rides:

  1. Users are encouraged to download the MyRapid PULSE app in Google Play or Apple Store, and register for an account and fill in the provided [survey] form. After the form is completed, users need to take a screenshot and show it to the officer at the station, while passing through the gantry, or on entering a bus.
  2. Forms are also provided at all RapidKL passenger service counters, selected bus hubs, in the bus, and downloadable through the Rapid KL website and social media platforms. Passengers must take a picture or the top portion of the complete form to enjoy RKLFR.
  3. For passengers who do not have Touch ‘n Go card or other passes, they can obtain a free token at the customer service counter by filling in their information through the MyRapid PULSE app or the provided form, before entering the station.

It appears that they genuinely wanted people to participate in their survey, and only backtracked on those requirements after the social media uproar.

Based on my ride experience, they did not appear to station officers to check for the completely survey forms.

But it was possible that they asked people to fill in the form to obtain a free token. I can’t confirm that as I used my own Touch ‘n Go card, and didn’t collect a free token.

In any case, there is NO LONGER a need to fill in any survey form, to enjoy the taxpayer-sponsored rides on Rapid KL trains or buses. If anyone insists on seeing a completed survey form, just say NO.

 

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All Rapid KL + KTM Rides Are FREE For 1 Month!

All Rapid KL and KTM train and bus rides are now FREE for a whole month! Here is what you need to know!

 

All Rapid KL + KTM Rides Are FREE For 1 Month!

On 16 June 2022, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaakob officially launched the opening of Phase 1 of the MRT Putrajaya Line.

In conjunction with that launch, he announced that all Rapid KL train and bus rides will be free of charge for a month, starting today.

KTM Komuter rides in the Klang Valley will also be free for an entire month, starting today.

I hope that Malaysians will take this opportunity to try these public transportation services, parking their vehicles at Park n Ride facilities.

From 16 June to 15 July 2022, you will be able to ride for free at all MRT, LRT, BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), monorail or Rapid KL bus services, as well as KTM Komuter rides in the Klang Valley.

These free rides are subsidised by the Malaysian government, to the tune of RM155 million – RM140 million will go to Rapid KL, while KTM will receive RM15 million.

The MRT Putrajaya Line, which is being developed in two phases, will serve about two million residents in the Klang Valley when it’s fully completed, running from Kwasa Damansara all the way to Putrajaya.

Phase 2 of the MRT Putrajaya line will pass through key areas in the KL city centre, with stations in Titiwangsa, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Ampang Park and the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX).

There will be 36 stations in total, including nine underground stations. But MRT Corp. plans to add another four stations to improve access to the MRT Putrajaya line.

The new Putrajaya is projected is expected to serve over 104,000 users a day when it’s fully completed. Hopefully, that will greatly alleviate traffic congestion in Kuala Lumpur.

 

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