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Have All Passport Collections Been Shifted To Shaftsbury PJ?!

Have all passport collections been shifted to the Malaysia Immigration office at Shaftsbury PJ?!

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

 

Claim : All Passport Collections Have Been Shifted To Shaftsbury PJ!

This message and photo is being shared on WhatsApp, claiming that all passport collection has been shifted to Shaftsbury PJ.

Do u know that for all passport via online application/ renewals .. the collection centre is now here at Shaftsbury PJ.

Recommended : How To Renew Malaysian Passport Online : 2024 Guide!

 

Truth : Passport Collections Have Not Been Shifted To Shaftsbury PJ!

This is yet another example of fake news circulating on WhatsApp and Telegram, and here are reasons why…

Fact #1 : It’s Shaftsbury Putrajaya, Not PJ

First, let me just point out that there is no Shaftsbury PJ (Petaling Jaya).

The new Malaysia Immigration passport office is located at the Shaftsbury Putrajaya – a 3-story shopping mall located in Presint 1, Putrajaya.

You can even see it in the viral photo above. It’s stated clearly – Pejabat Passport Shaftsbury Putrajaya. Why would anyone falsely claimed that the new passport office is called Shaftsbury PJ???

Fact #2 : Shaftsbury Putrajaya Passport Office Is Small

The Shaftsbury Putrajaya passport office is just a new branch office for the Malaysia Immigration Department. It also appears to be rather small in size, as the official Imigresen TV video below shows.

The Shaftsbury Putrajaya passport office is not designed to handle all passport collection across Malaysia.

In fact, Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said in July 2023, that the Shaftsbury Putrajaya passport office will cater to people living around the Putrajaya area, such as Serdang, Sungai Besi, Dengkil, Cyberjaya, Bangi, and Cheras.

To be clear – passport collection has not been shifted to this new Shaftsbury Putrajaya passport office!

Fact #3 : Shaftsbury Putrajaya Limits Walk-In Passport Renewals

You cannot just walk into the Shaftsbury Putrajaya passport office to renew your expired / expiring passport.

As we explained since May 2022, the Malaysia Immigration Department limits walk-in renewals of passports to:

  • People applying for a new passport
  • Senior citizens (60 years and older)
  • Special needs individuals (must bring Social Welfare Department registration card)
  • Children who are less than 13 years old
  • People planning to perform the Haj (must bring the Tabung Haji offer letter)
  • Students (less than 21 years old) planning to study overseas
  • People who lost their passports (will require a police report)
  • People with damaged passports

Everyone else will have to renew their passports online! The official Imigresen TV video below also mentions this.

Recommended : Please DO NOT Walk-In To Renew Your Malaysian Passport!

Fact #4 : No Passport Office Can Handle All Collections!

In the first half of 2023 alone, the Immigration Department issued over 1.6 million passports. It would not be possible for a single passport office to handle the collection of all of those passports.

In fact, the Putrajaya headquarters of the Malaysia Immigration Department only processed and issued 68,416 of those 1.6 million passports!

It is also not logical to consolidate passport collection in a single office. Not only will people have to fly or drive from all over Malaysia to Shaftsbury Putrajaya to collect their passports, there would be massive queues of tens of thousands of people!

Fact #5 : Other Passport Offices Are Still Handling Passport Collection

If you go to the Malaysia Immigration Department’s official online passport application page, you can click on the list of available branches for passport collection.

As of 2 February 2024, here is the full list of available Malaysia Immigration Department offices where you can choose to collect your passport from:

Alor Setar
Batu Pahat
Besut

If you scroll through the list, you can see that Shaftsbury Putrajaya is merely one of the many passport offices available for you to select as a collection point.

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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.

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

 

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

Recommended : Did Fukushima Just Release Black Radioactive Water?!

 

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.

Recommended : Fukushima Radioactive Water : What Makes It Different?

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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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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Selangor Civil Servants Get Extra Hari Raya Haji Holiday!

The Selangor state government just announced an extra Hari Raya Haji holiday for civil servants!

 

Selangor Civil Servants Get Extra Hari Raya Haji Holiday!

On Tuesday, 27 June 2023, the Selangor State Secretary Datuk Hari Karim announced an additional Hari Raya Haji holiday on Friday, June 30, in addition to the existing holiday on Thursday, June 29.

However, this additional Hari Raya Haji holiday will only apply to civil servants in the Selangor state’s departments, agencies, and local authorities.

Government subsidiaries (GLCs) and private companies are not subject to this directive. It will be up to each respective employer to decide whether to grant their employees an additional Hari Raya Haji holiday.

Statutory bodies, government subsidiaries and private parties, however, are not subject to this directive and are left to the discretion of their respective employers under the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265).

The additional day would grant those lucky enough to receive it a long 4-day weekend, in line with the 2023 school holidays.

This would likely result in heavy traffic on the highways as people take this opportunity to return to their hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya Haji with their families.

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KJ + Noor Hisham just sued by COVID vaccine victims?!

Were KJ (Khairy Jamaluddin), Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Pharmaniaga just sued by COVID-19 vaccine victims in Malaysia?!

Let’s take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : KJ + Noor Hisham Just Sued By COVID Vaccine Victims!

People are sharing an AgendaDaily article (in Malay) on WhatsApp and social media platforms, claiming that KJ (Khairy Jamaluddin) and Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah just sued by victims of the COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia!

The viral post also claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine victims also sued the three COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers in Malaysia – Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Pharmaniaga.

KJ, Dr Noor Hisham sued over Covid-19 vaccine issue

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Three Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers were also sued, Pfizer, Astrazeneca and Pharmaniaga

15 O6 2O23
ABE YES NO

KOTA KINABALU: A group of vaccine recipients filed a lawsuit against the government and the Malaysian Ministry of Health (KKM), especially the former minister in charge of the national vaccination program, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar after claiming to be a victim of the side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Recommended : Did people in Sabah sue KKM for forced vaccination?!

 

Truth : KJ + Noor Hisham Sued By COVID Vaccine Victims In 2022!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS about the COVID-19 pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccines, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Agenda Daily Article Copied From Sinar Harian

I should start by pointing out that the Agenda Daily article is an almost exact copy of its source, a Sinar Harian article.

Fact #2 : Likely Source For False Claims About Sabah Lawsuit

I should also point out this piece of fake news is possibly the source for the earlier false claims that people in Sabah just filed a lawsuit against the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) for forced vaccination.

As mentioned in my fact check article, I can find no evidence of such a lawsuit by people in Sabah. This viral message is the only one that suggests that a COVID-19 vaccination lawsuit was filed in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Fact #3 : No Evidence Lawsuit Was Filed In Kota Kinabalu

The viral message mentioned Kota Kinabalu as the location, which appears to be completely false. The Agenda Daily article it listed as its source did not mention any location.

But the original article by Sinar Harian mentioned Shah Alam, Selangor, as its location. The law firm Shahrin Satheer Kamal & Co. is also based in Rawang, Selangor.

Therefore, the lawsuit was likely filed in Shah Alam, and not Kota Kinabalu as alleged by the viral message.

Fact #4 : Original News Was Published November 2022

The original news was originally published on 16 November 2022, and not on 15 June 2023 as suggested by the viral message.

Noor Hisham Abdullah retired on 21 April 2023, while Khairy Jamaluddin ceased being the Malaysia Minister of Health on 24 November 2022. Whoever created that viral message took care to change their status to match the new date.

Fact #5 : Lawsuit Was Allegedly Filed In November 2022

The Sinar Harian article mentioned that on 16 November 2022, 44 people represented by Shahrin Satheer Kamal & Co. filed a lawsuit against:

  • Malaysia Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin
  • Malaysia Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
  • COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers – Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Pharmaniaga

However, a day later – on 17 November 2022, Khairy Jamaluddin said at a press conference that he has yet to receive any lawsuit notice:

I have not received the notice of the summons. When I receive it, I will ask the lawyer I will appoint to answer it.

Since then, there has been no update on this lawsuit, so it is unknown if it was actually filed, or what has occurred since it was filed.

Fact #6 : Malaysia Has A COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Fund

Like most countries around the world, Malaysia has a COVID-19 vaccine injury fund. Established on 21 March 2021, it is called Bantuan Khas Kewangan Kesan Mudarat Vaksin COVID-19 (Special Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Effects), and pays out:

  • RM 50,000 for serious side effects that requires extended hospitalisation
  • RM 500,000 for permanent disability or death from the COVID-19 vaccine

If anyone is injured or dies as a result of the COVID-19 vaccines, the victim or the victim’s family can file for compensation with this fund. There is no need to file a lawsuit (and pay any legal fees) to get compensated.

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Were Proven Safe + Effective

All COVID-19 vaccines underwent large clinical trials and were proven to be safe and effective, before receiving their Emergency Use Authorisation. Hence, it is wrong to claim that COVID-19 vaccines were never tested in a clinical trial.

In addition, approved COVID-19 vaccines continued to be monitored for safety and efficacy, and many eventually received their full FDA approval after many months of post-marketing monitoring.

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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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Air Selangor : Water Supply Almost Fully Restored!

Air Selangor just announced that water supply to 472 areas in Selangor and Putrajaya are almost fully restored!

 

Air Selangor : Water Supply Almost Fully Restored!

Since the emergency shutdown of the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and Bukit Tampoi Water Treatment Plant (WTP) occurred yesterday, Air Selangor has been conducting sampling tests, as it cannot restart operations at any of the two water treatment plants, until they record 0 TON three times in a row..

At 8 AM this morning, Air Selangor announced that the Threshold Odour Number (TON) has dropped to 0 for the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant (Sg Semenyih WTP), and 2 TON for the Bukit Tampoi WTP.

At around 10 AM on Christmas Day 2022, Air Selangor announced that it recorded the Threshold Odour Number (TON) level of 0 three times in a row at the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant (Sg Semenyih WTP).

At 2:30 PM, the Bukit Tampoi WTP also recorded 0 TON three times in a row, allowing that water treatment plant to restart operations,.

Air Selangor also announced that the Sungai Semenyih WTP has started pumping out clean water at 2 PM today, and will fully restore water supply by 6 AM on Tuesday, 27 December 2022.

The Bukit Tampoi WTP started producing clean water at 6 PM, and will fully restore water supply by 2 PM on Monday, 26 December 2022.

As of 10 PM on Monday, December 26, 2022, Air Selangor announced that it has restored water supply to 98% of affected areas.

Only a few areas in the Petaling district and one area in the Sepang district have not received water supply.

  • Petaling : Taman Bukit Serdang, Taman Mutiara Indah, Taman Saujana Puchong, USJ 11, USJ 12, USJ 15
  • Sepang : Taman Bandar Bukit Puchong

Read more : Water Cut In 472 Selangor + Putrajaya Areas!

 

Earlier : Air Selangor Cuts Water In 472 Areas!

At 7 AM on 24 December 2022, Air Selangor announced that it had to quickly shut down the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and Bukit Tampoi Water Treatment Plant (WTP), due to “odour pollution” at the Jenderma Hilir Raw Water Pump Station.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng later confirmed that the water cut was due “perfume essence” being dumped into the river.

The pollution this time took place in Negeri Sembilan. Perfume essence was dumped into the river. It is one of the most difficult smells to (get) rid of.

As at 10am, the ton (threshold odour number) recorded is as follows: 1 ton at Sungai Limau Manis, 1 ton 1.5km from Sungai Semenyih intake and 4 ton at Sungai Semenyih intake point.

The smell shows to be gradually reducing closer to intake; it is therefore a matter of time before 0 ton is recorded.

Until then, a total of 472 areas in Selangor and Putrajaya continue to have their water supply cut, with 172 areas in Petaling, 54 areas in Hulu Langat, 196 areas in Sepang, 23 areas in Putrajaya, and 27 areas in Kuala Langat.

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Alert : Water Cut In 472 Selangor + Putrajaya Areas!

Air Selangor just announced an emergency water cut in 472 areas in Selangor and Putrajaya on Christmas Eve 2022!

 

Alert : Water Cut In 472 Selangor + Putrajaya Areas!

At 7 AM on 24 December 2022, Air Selangor announced that it had to quickly shut down the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and Bukit Tampoi Water Treatment Plant (WTP), due to “odour pollution” at the Jenderma Hilir Raw Water Pump Station.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng later confirmed that the water cut was due “perfume essence” being dumped into the river.

The pollution this time took place in Negeri Sembilan. Perfume essence was dumped into the river. It is one of the most difficult smells to (get) rid of.

As at 10am, the ton (threshold odour number) recorded is as follows: 1 ton at Sungai Limau Manis, 1 ton 1.5km from Sungai Semenyih intake and 4 ton at Sungai Semenyih intake point.

The smell shows to be gradually reducing closer to intake; it is therefore a matter of time before 0 ton is recorded.

Until then, a total of 472 areas in Selangor and Putrajaya continue to have their water supply cut, with 172 areas in Petaling, 54 areas in Hulu Langat, 196 areas in Sepang, 23 areas in Putrajaya, and 27 areas in Kuala Langat.

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472 Selangor + Putrajaya Areas Affected By Water Cut

Here is the official list of the 472 areas in Selangor and Putrajaya affected by the 2022 Christmas Eve water cut!

Petaling District

  • Bandar Baru Sri Petaling
  • Bandar Bukit Puchong
  • Bandar Pinggiran Putra
  • Bandar Puchong Jaya – Jalan Tempua
  • Bandar Puchong Utama
  • Bandar Puteri Puchong – Bandar Puteri 1-12
  • Bandar Putra Permai
  • Bukit Jalil
  • Desa Millennia
  • Desaminium
  • Hospital Serdang
  • Hospital UPM
  • Hotel Palace/Selangor Turf Club
  • Kampung Baru Sri Puchong
  • Kampung Batu 14 Puchong
  • Kampung Bersatu Puchong
  • Kampung Kenangan Puchong
  • Kampung Orang Asli Rasau
  • Kampung Sri Aman
  • Kampung Sri Aman Mas 1 Dan 2
  • Kampung Sri Andalas
  • Kampung Sri Langkas
  • Kampung Tengah Puchong
  • Kawasan Perindustrian Seri Kembangan
  • Kota Perdana
  • KTM Serdang
  • Laman Grand View
  • Lestari Perdana – LP1-8
  • Lestari Perdana – Apartment Sri Indah
  • Lestari Putra – Lep 1, 3-7
  • Mardi UPM
  • Mutiara Bukit Jalil
  • Nahrim
  • Pasar Borong Selangor
  • Perindustrian Bukit Serdang
  • Puchong Gateway
  • Pusat Bandar Puchong – Jalan Bandar 3-20
  • Pusat Bandar Puchong – Jalan Merbah
  • Pusat Bandar Puchong – Jalan Bandar 1-2
  • Pusat Perdagangan Seri Kembangan
  • Serdang Jaya
  • Serdang Lama
  • Seri Kembangan – SK 1-4, SK 6-13
  • Sungai Penaga Industrial Park
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – Apartment Bayu
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – Apartment Megaria
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – BS 1-4
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – BS 5/3-5/30
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – BS 6-11
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – BS 9/1-9/4
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – BS 13, 14
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – Jalan Bersatu
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – Jalan Cemara
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – Serdang Heights
  • Taman Dato Demang
  • Taman Denai Puchong
  • Taman Equine
  • Taman Gembira
  • Taman Indah Subang UP
  • Taman linma
  • Taman Kembangsari
  • Taman Muhibbah
  • Taman Mutiara Indah
  • Taman Mutiara Puchong
  • Taman Perindustrian Puchong – Jalan TPP 1, 5, 6
  • Taman Perindustrian Pusat Bandar Puchong
  • Taman Perindustrian Putra Permai
  • Taman Perindustrian Subang
  • Taman Perindustrian UEP – Jalan TP 1-7
  • Taman Pinggiran US) 13
  • Taman Puchong Hartamas
  • Taman Puchong Impian
  • Taman Puchong Intan
  • Taman Puchong Prima
  • Taman Puchong Tekali
  • Taman Puchong Utama
  • Taman Puncak Jalil – PUJ 1-9
  • Taman Putra Permai
  • Taman Saujana Puchong
  • Taman Serdang Jaya
  • Taman Serdang Perdana
  • Taman Serdang Raya – SR 1-8
  • Taman Sri Petaling
  • Taman Sri Puchong
  • Taman Sri Serdang
  • Taman Teknologi Malaysia – ASTRO
  • Taman Universiti Indah – Jalan Indah
  • Taman Universiti Indah – Apartment
  • Taman Universiti Indah
  • Taman Wawasan
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  • UPM Infoport
  • UPM Veterinar
  • USJ1 – 27

Hulu Langat District

  • Bandar Bukit Mahkota
  • Bandar Puteri Bangi
  • Bandar Rinching (2,3,4)
  • Bandar Seri Putra
  • Bangi Avenue
  • Bangi Estate
  • Blue Water Estate
  • Desa Mahkota Bangi
  • Eco Majestic
  • Institut Genom Malaysia
  • Jalan Dagang Sungai Besi
  • Kampung Aman Bangi
  • Kampung Bahagia
  • Kampung Bangi
  • Kampung Batu 2, 3 & 5 Jalan Bangi
  • Kampung Bukit Kepong
  • Kampung Jalan Enam Kaki Beranang
  • Kampung Kuala Pajam
  • Kampung Machang Hilir Beranang
  • Kampung Rinching Hilir
  • Kampung Sesapan Kelubi
  • Kampung Sesapan Minangkabau
  • Kampung Sesapan Rembau
  • Kampung Sungai Jai
  • Kampung Sungai Kembung Hilir
  • Kampung Sungai Kembung Hulu
  • Kampung Sungai Sematar
  • Kampung Teras )ernang
  • Kolej Professional Mara Beranang
  • Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor (KUIS)
  • Mara Japan Industrial Institude
  • Mines Resort & Heritage The Mines
  • Pekan Bangi Lama
  • Pekan Beranang
  • Perindustrian Beranang
  • Perumahan PKNS Beranang
  • Pusat Nuklear Negara
  • Rumah Murah PKNS Bangi
  • Seksyen 14 Bandar Baru Bangi
  • Seksyen 15 Bandar Baru Bangi
  • Setia Ecohill
  • Taman Angsana
  • Taman Bangi Indah
  • Taman Bangi Permai
  • Taman Bangi Villa
  • Taman Dalma
  • Taman Desa Serdang
  • Taman Gita Bayu
  • Taman Impian Putra
  • Taman Manikavasagam
  • Taman Perindustrian Mahkota Beranang
  • Taman Serene Height
  • Taman Sri Bangi Bangi Lama
  • Taman Tiara South

Sepang District

  • IPI Ayamas
  • lUKL Block
  • IWK Kota Warisan
  • Jalan Air Hitam Sungai Merab
  • Jalan Bukit Tinggi Sungai Merab
  • Jalan Haji Abdullah
  • Jalan Kemboja Kampung Dato Abu Bakar Baginda
  • alan Teratai, Cempaka Biru, Anggerik
  • Jalan Tok Morah
  • Kafe Beriani Gam
  • Kampung Dato Abu Bakar Baginda
  • Kampung Jenderam Hilir
  • Kampung lenderam Hulu
  • Kampung Licincing
  • Kampung Limau Manis
  • Kampung Orang Asli Bakok
  • Kampung Orang Asli Jambu
  • Kampung Orang Asli Kelinsing
  • Kampung Orang Asli Melut
  • Kampung Pulau Meranti
  • Kampung Sungai Buah
  • Kampung Sungai Merab
  • Kawasan Industri Meranti Jaya 1
  • Kawasan Industri Meranti Java 2
  • Kawasan Industri Presint 14
  • Kedai Makan Seksyen 12
  • Kediaman Nilai Kaseh Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi
  • Kilang WRP Asia Pacific
  • King Henry Vill College
  • Kondominium Pelangi Sungai Merab
  • Kosmopleks Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi
  • Lim Kok Wing University
  • LKIM Pulau Meranti
  • MAEPS
  • Mahkamah Sepang
  • Mahkamah Syariah
  • Majlis Perbandaran Sepang
  • Maktab Perguruan Islam (MPI)
  • Masjid Cyberjaya
  • Masjid Sultan Hishamuddin Salak Tinggi
  • Medan 120
  • Medan Lot 10 Abu Bakar Baginda
  • Muhaimi Auto Service
  • Mutiara Ville Cyberjaya
  • Nusa Putra
  • Pam Minyak Petron
  • Pangsapuri Murni
  • Pangsapuri Suasana Idaman
  • Pejabat Agama Islam Daerah Sepang
  • Pejabat Daerah Tanah Sepang
  • Pejabat]KR Sepang
  • Pejabat Veterina Serdang
  • Perantau Hill
  • Perdana Lake View
  • Perindustrian Meranti Permai
  • Perindustrian Puchong 1-Hub
  • Petronas Sungai Merab
  • PLUS Section C5 Sg Merab
  • Pusat Kejuruteraan Bomba Salak Tinggi
  • Pusat Latihan Dan Institusi Bangi
  • Pusat Latihan Orang Kurang Upaya (PLPP)
  • Pusat Perdagangan KLIA Avenue
  • Pusat Perniagaan Gemilang Kota Warisan
  • Pusat Pertanian Labu Lanjut
  • RKT Sungai Merab
  • Rumah Orang Kaya Sepang
  • Science Park 2 (Pinggiran Cyber, Vega, Qcell)
  • Sekolah Menengah Teknik Sepang
  • Sekolah Agama Abu Bakar Baginda
  • Sekolah Agama Kiblah Bukit Unggul
  • Sekolah Agama Menengah Sungai Merab
  • Taman Desa Mutiara
  • Taman Desa Restu
  • Taman Desa Salak Pekerti
  • Taman Desa Saujana
  • Taman Desa Sentosa
  • Taman Desa Utama
  • Taman Desa Vista
  • Taman Desiran Bayu
  • Taman Indah KLIA
  • Taman Indah Putera
  • Taman Indah Puteri
  • Taman Intan Baiduri
  • Taman Ixora
  • Taman Kenanga
  • Taman Kipark Puchong
  • Taman Kota Warisan
  • Taman La Cottage
  • Taman Lestari Permai
  • Taman Mas Sepang
  • Taman Mawar
  • Taman Merab Persona
  • Taman Meranti Jaya
  • Taman Mulia Sungai Merab
  • Taman Mutiara Merab (Jalan Imam Othman)
  • Taman Pesona Mekar
  • Taman Prima Tropika
  • Taman Puncak Pinggiran Putra
  • Taman Putra Height
  • Taman Putra Impiana
  • Taman Putra Perdana
  • Taman Putra Prima
  • Taman Salak Kasih
  • Taman Salak Perdana
  • Taman Saujana KLIA
  • Taman Selasih
  • Taman Seroja
  • Taman Suria Tropika
  • Taman Suria Warisan
  • Taman Tasik Puchong
  • Taman Villa Merab
  • Temple Mariamman West Country
  • Temple Sri Renganathar
  • The Street Mall
  • Tiara Heights
  • Tol Putrajaya
  • Unipark Condominium
  • UNITEN College
  • Xiamen University Malaysia Campus
  • Sekolah Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Tampoi
  • Kampung Orang Asli Belakang Loji Tampoi

Putrajaya

  • Dataran Putra
  • Presint 1
  • Presint 2
  • Presint 3
  • Presint 4
  • Presint 5
  • Presint 6
  • Presint 7
  • Presint 8
  • Presint 9
  • Presint 10 (A, B, C, D)
  • Presint 11
  • Presint 12
  • Presint 13
  • Presint 14
  • Presint 15
  • Presint 16
  • Presint 17
  • Presint 18
  • Presint 19
  • Presint 20
  • Taman Botani

 

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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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KPJ Apologises Over Kolam Incident, Suspends Staff!

KPJ Healthcare just apologised over the vandalism of their Deepavali kolam by their own staff, and suspended the two employees involved!

 

Viral Video Of KPJ Klang Hospital Staff Vandalising Kolam!

A video went viral on WhatsApp and TikTok, claiming that a KPJ Klang employee vandalised the Kolam decorative art at his own hospital.

A staff at KPJ Klang. How utterly disrespectful. And he knew he was being videotaped.

MHS Selangor has spoken to the PIC in KPJ Klang. The culprit has been suspended immediately. KPJ Klang is preparing a public apology statement and will be releasing it soon.

The video shows a man, dressed in a blue Baju Melayu with a black songkok shoes, defacing the Kolam that was created for Deepavali at the KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital.

The video appears to be recorded by a lady who eventually commented with humour, “Vandalism”.

 

PDRM Arrested KPJ Klang Staff Over Vandalised Kolam!

On 31 October, Northern Klang Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Vijaya Rao a/l Samachulu 31 October, ACP Vijaya Rao announced that two KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital employees had been arrested on suspicion of deliberately causing disharmony.

The man in the video, and the person who recorded the video, both voluntarily surrendered themselves to the district police headquarters to have their statements recorded at about 11 PM the night before.

The two suspects, in their 20s and 30s, were then arrested and remanded for three days, starting today (Monday, 31 October 2022), for investigation under Section 298A of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity, or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will, or prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity, on grounds of religion.

Read more : PDRM Arrests KPJ Klang Staff Over Vandalised Kolam!

 

KPJ Healthcare Apologises Over Kolam Incident, Suspends Staff

On 30 October, KPJ Healthcare initially posted a non-apology statement, stating that they would launch an internal investigation.

But several hours after the police confirmed on 31 October, that the two people involved in the incident were KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital staff members, the healthcare provider finally issued an apology.

KPJ Healthcare also announced that they suspended both employees pending further investigation.

03:50PM, 31 October, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 October – KPJ Healthcare Berhad (“KPJ Healthcare” or the “Company”) would like to publicly apologise to all Malaysians, particularly to the Indian community, with regards to a video that has gone viral at one of our premises.

As a healthcare service provider, KPJ Healthcare celebrates and upholds diversity and inclusion of the varied cultures in Malaysia.

KPJ Healthcare does not condone such acts and in no way does it reflect our culture, values or our practices.

We are disheartened by the irresponsible act of these individuals and they have been suspended pending further investigation. Further to this we have lodged a police report on the matter and will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities on this matter.

In the meantime, the artis of the kolam called for calm, and urged everyone to stay united and peaceful.

First and foremost, I would like to thank every one of you who spoke up on this kolam issue regardless of religion and race. For your kind information, our hospital management and higher authority have taken appropriate action on the irresponsible behaviour of the related staff.

Therefore, I kindly request you guys NOT to make the issue viral anymore. Let us stay united and peacefully in this multiracial country. Thank you once again. Love and peace to all Malaysians.

 

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PDRM Arrests KPJ Klang Staff Over Vandalised Kolam!

PDRM just arrested two KPJ Klang employees for vandalising the Deepavali kolam in a TikTok video that went viral!

 

Viral Video Of KPJ Klang Hospital Staff Vandalising Kolam!

A video went viral on WhatsApp and TikTok, claiming that a KPJ Klang employee vandalised the Kolam decorative art at his own hospital.

A staff at KPJ Klang. How utterly disrespectful. And he knew he was being videotaped.

MHS Selangor has spoken to the PIC in KPJ Klang. The culprit has been suspended immediately. KPJ Klang is preparing a public apology statement and will be releasing it soon.

The video shows a man, dressed in a blue Baju Melayu with a black songkok shoes, defacing the Kolam that was created for Deepavali at the KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital.

The video appears to be recorded by a lady who eventually commented with humour, “Vandalism”.

 

PDRM Arrests KPJ Klang Staff Over Vandalised Kolam!

At around 9:15 PM on 30 October, Northern Klang Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Vijaya Rao a/l Samachulu, announced that a case has been opened against the man who was seen vandalising the kolam decoration.

In response, the Bandar Baru Klang police station chief filed a report regarding the video and the case is being investigated under Section 298A of the Penal Code with causing disharmony, disunity, or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will.

He will be called in to give his statement on Monday. We urge the public to be careful with their behaviour and to not do anything that would disrupt national harmony.

The police statement appears to suggest that the man has already been identified, and summoned for questioning on Monday, 31 October. However, it does not mention whether the man, or the person recording the video, is an employee of the hospital.

That changed the next day, when ACP Vijaya Rao announced that two KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital employees had been arrested on suspicion of deliberately causing disharmony.

The man in the video, and the person who recorded the video, both voluntarily surrendered themselves to the district police headquarters to have their statements recorded at about 11 PM the night before.

The two suspects, in their 20s and 30s, were then arrested and remanded for three days, starting today (Monday, 31 October 2022), for investigation under Section 298A of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity, or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will, or prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity, on grounds of religion.

 

KPJ Healthcare Issued Statement Over Vandalised Kolam

While the viral video clearly shows the man defacing the kolam, it was not clear earlier if the man worked for the KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital, as he was not wearing an official KPJ uniform.

Netizens said that he was a customer service officer there working the front desk. However, it didn’t help that KPJ Healthcare released a public statement that declined to both identify the man and the person recording the video as their employees, and apologise for their action.

The KPJ Healthcare statement only stated that it does not condone any act of disrespect among its staff (abuthen?) and within the compound of any of its hospitals.

It also stated that KPJ Healthcare launched an internal investigation into the video, and stern actions will be taken “should” their staff be involved.

08:28PM, 30 October, 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 October 2022 – KPJ Healthcare Berhad (“KPJ Healthcare” or the “Company”) wishes to inform that we have been made aware that a video allegedly depicting one of our staff conducting unprofessional behaviour is making rounds in the social media.

KPJ Healthcare does not condone any act of disrespect among its staff and within the compound of any of its hospitals. We have launched an internal investigation into the video and stern actions will be taken should our staff is involved.

KPJ Healthcare is committed to the highest level of professionalism and we do not compromise on ethical values.

Any further updates will be communicated through our official channels.

Thank you.

Public Relations
Group Marketing & Strategic Communications
KPJ Healthcare Berhad

In light of what we now know, that seems like a case of their PR team trying to avoid apologising for what their staff did. I’m not a PR practitioner, but IMHO, that move will likely backfire.

It wouldn’t have taken them more than a few hours to determine the identity of the persons involved, since they have access to CCTV video feeds in their own hospital.

They could have stepped ahead of the news. Instead, they left it to the police to reveal that the two were really KPJ Klang Specialist Hospital employees.

 

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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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DASH Highway Officially Open, FREE Until Nov 30!

The DASH highway has finally opened, and it is FREE to use until November 30, 2022!

 

DASH Highway Officially Open On October 14!

After six long years, the Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Expressway (DASH) is finally open for public use!

Stretching 20.1 kilometres, DASH connects Puncak Perdana to Penchala, connecting the eastern and western townships in the Klang Valley at a cost of RM4.2 billion.

DASH highway has a 3-lane, dual-carriageway design, with each lane 3.5 metres wide, and a 3 metre-wide emergency lane.

Here are the DASH highway toll plazas and interchanges:

  • Puncak Perdana
  • Alam Suria
  • Denai Alam
  • Kampung Mealy Subang
  • Pinggiran Subang
  • Subang Dua
  • Subang Airport
  • RRIM (Kwasa Damansara)
  • Surian
  • Seksyen 5 Kota Damansara
  • Sunway Damansara
  • Penchala

It will be monitored by 37 closed-circuit cameras, with 30 vehicle incident detection systems (VIDS). There will also be 18 emergency telephone booths, 10 variable message signs (VMS), as well as 2,441 LED street lights.

 

DASH Highway FREE To Use Until November 30!

DASH has a concession period of 55 years, lasting from December 25, 2014 until December 24, 2069.

Its toll rates have not been announced, but DASH will be FREE for public use from 12:01 AM, October 14 until November 30, 2022!

The DASH highway is expected to eventually serve an average of 50,000 daily users, and cut the 90-minute commute between Puncak Perdana to Penchala to just 30 minutes.

DASH is also expected to relieve traffic along Persiaran Mokhtar Dahari by 39%, Jalan Sungai Buloh by 33% and Persiaran Surian by 43%.

 

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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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Are Robbers Pretending To Be Home Affairs Officers?!

Is there a gang of robbers pretending to be Home Affairs officers from the government?!

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Robbers Are Pretending To Be Home Affairs Officers!

People are sharing messages warning of a gang of robbers pretending to be Home Affairs officers, together with a picture purportedly of one of these robbers.

Here are two versions of the viral warnings being shared on WhatsApp and Facebook :

High Security Alert:

Beware, one group is going from house to house pretending to be a Home Affairs Officer. They have the documents and the letterhead of the department of the home ministry and claim they have to confirm that everyone has a valid identity card for the upcoming census.

They are looting houses. Note that there is no such initiative from the government. Send this to your neighborhood group chat. They are everywhere, and they look presentable. Please alert your family and friends.

A person comes to your home and says I want to take your photo / thumbprint under some schemes. They have a laptop, a biometric machine and a list of all the names. They are showing a list and asking for all this information. It has been pointed out that all this is bogus. Don’t give them any information.

Everyone should be alert and BE AWARE‼️

Security Alert from Police: Be warned, there is a group going to homes and pretending to be officials from home affairs.

They have documents with the letterhead Department of Home Affairs and claim to be confirming that everyone has a valid ID for the upcoming elections.

 

Truth : Robbers Are NOT Pretending To Be Home Affairs Officers!

This is just FAKE NEWS created from real news, and here are the reasons why….

Fact #1 : Warning Originated In South Africa

The original warning about fake Home Affairs officers originated in South Africa, many years ago.

The South African Department of Home Affairs issued this media statement in October 2017 and April 2019 :

MEDIA STATEMENT ON ELECTIONS SCAM

Home Affairs wishes to warn members of the community of a group of individuals visiting homes and pretending to be officials from the Department.

They carry with them documents with letterheads purportedly from Home Affairs and claim to be confirming the validity of IDs for the upcoming elections. These individuals are criminals who rob households once they gain entry. There is no such initiative from the Department.

Home affairs officials are clearly identifiable by name tags. We will announce household visits through official
government channels

This warning was only issued in South Africa. No government agency from other countries issued similar warnings.

Fact #2 : Warning Transformed Into Fake News

The genuine warning by the South African Department of Home Affairs spread globally, and became fake news in other countries.

Many countries do not have a Department of Home Affairs. Neither do they have government officials going around verifying citizens’ identification cards ahead of any elections.

Even worse – some people took the initiative to modify the warning, and even added pictures of genuine government officials to make the warning look genuine.

Government agencies in many countries – United States, United Kingdom, India, Singapore, Malaysia – have labelled this warning as fake news.

Fact #3 : Malaysian Immigration Officer Was Victimised

In July 2021, a Malaysian immigration officer bore the brunt of netizen outrage when he was falsely identified as a fake Home Affairs officer – his picture was shared on social media and WhatsApp together with the warning.

The Malaysia Immigration Department and the Royal Malaysia Police announced on 13 July 2021, that the man in the photo was a genuine Immigration officer.

According to Ampang District Police Chief, ACP Mohamad Farouk Ishak, the Immigration officer was conducting an official investigation into an individual staying at a house in Pandan Indah, Ampang.

The Immigration officer introduced himself and inform the residents of the purpose of his visit. The 60 year-old Malaysian homeowner who hosted the Immigration officer during his inspection also lodged a police report over the matter.

From the picture, you can clearly see that the officer was wearing a t-shirt with the Immigration Department HQ logo, and carried an Immigration Malaysia badge as well.

Fact #4 : Fake Story Circulating Again With New Photo

In September 2022, the same fake warning went viral again on WhatsApp, this time with a new photo of two Malaysian officers who appeared to have served some kind of official paper to a homeowner.

While I cannot yet trace the provenance of this photo, or the context behind it, these officers are definitely not attempting to gain entry to the person’s home by falsely identifying themselves as Home Affairs officers.

Again, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has repeatedly announced that this story of robbers posing as Home Affairs officers is fake news.

Fact #5 : No Actual Robbery Cases Were Reported

Even though the South African Department of Home Affairs issued the warning twice, it is unknown if there are really robbers pretending to be their officers to gain entry into homes.

Ironically, acting Director-General Thulani Mavuso claimed that the South African Department of Home Affairs never actually received any complaint about such crimes :

Home Affairs has not received any complaint of this nature from members of the public. People who are aware of such an activity, depending on it veracity, are advised to report it to the police.

We reiterate our message that Home Affairs officials do not and will not come to your homes to validate IDs.

It sounds like the South African Department of Home Affairs were proactively warning people about the possibility, not reporting on actual cases.

Fact #6 : Safer For Robbers To Rob Empty Houses

Robbers generally prefer NOT to rob homes while their occupants are still inside. Not only could the occupants fight back, they would become witnesses to the crime and help the police identify them!

It would be much safer to gain entry into a house after its occupants have left.

Fact #7 : There Are Other Ways To Gain Entry

Robbers who prefer to gain entry through this method do not need to pretend to be Home Affairs officers.

They can pretend to be other government officials, like a police officer or an immigration officer. They can also pretend to be utility workers, the mailman or a deliveryman.

There is no particular advantage in pretending to be a Home Affairs officer.

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Did Kajang Prison Warden Invite Najib To His Home?!

Did the Kajang prison warden invite Najib Razak to his home, after he was convicted and jailed?!

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

 

Claim : Kajang Prison Warden Invited Najib Razak To His Home!

People are sharing a video that purportedly shows the Kajang prison warden showing former Prime Minister Najib Razak around his home, even though he was supposed to be in jail!

😡 Najib is seen in the house of the Prison Warden ,This Is Breaking The SOP, Najib Is Been treated as a VIP, Najib Is wearing Silk Baju, The warden should be sack & put in Jail ,Money is King,

 

Truth : Kajang Prison Warden Did NOT Invite Najib Razak To His Home!

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

Fact #1 : That Is Not The Kajang Prison Warden

The only person that I can visually identify is former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is seen wearing a peach coloured Baju Melayu.

The person showing him around the house is not the Kajang prison warden, but a Felda settler called Ithnin Abdullah.

That is actually a homestay that Ithnin Abdullah owns, and is not the home of the Kajang prison warden.

Fact #2 : The Video Was Posted On 17 June 2022

The video was originally posted on TikTok on 17 June 2022 – more than 2 months before Najib Razak was jailed 12 years for corruption.

You can also see the name of the original poster in the viral video – @DatoNajibRazakFan. This was the description of the original TikTok video (with my English translation) :

Cantik rumah homestay ni. Milik seorang peneroka Felda Kledang, Ithnin Abdullah.Ada disimpan gambar-gambar kenangan bersama saya juga. Ya, dahulu banyak meluangkan masa dengan peneroka.Felda ini peninggalan legasi arwah ayahanda.Saya hanya mahukan yang terbaik bukan sahaja buat generasi pertama atau kedua Felda, tetapi untuk generasi-generasi akan datang juga.

It belongs to a Kledang Felda settler, Ithnin Abdullah. There are pictures of me as well. Yes, I used to spend a lot of time with the settlers. Felda is a legacy of my late father. I only want the best not only for the first or second generation of Felda settlers, but for future generations as well.

Fact #3 : Najib Razak Only Allowed To Go To Hospital / Court

Najib Razak started serving his 12-year prison sentence on 23 August 2022. Since then, he has only been allowed to leave the Kajang prison only to go to the hospital, or to court.

On August 25 and 26, 2022, he was brought out of prison to attend two ongoing criminal trials :

  • Aug. 25 : Misappropriate of RM 2.28 billion from 1MDB
  • Aug. 26 : Tampering of the Auditor-General’s audit report on 1MDB

On September 4, 2022, he was admitted to Hospital Kuala Lumpur, allegedly for intestinal bleeding.

On September 5, 2022, he returned to the High Court to continue with the main 1MDB trial.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 + Fold4 Roadshow + Deals!

Samsung Malaysia is kicking off the Galaxy Z Flip4 + Galaxy Z Fold4 roadshow with plenty of deals! Check them out!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 + Fold4 Roadshow

Samsung Malaysia is kicking off three major roadshows to promote their latest Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4 foldable smartphones!

Make sure you drop by these roadshows and grab the deals offered there!

Roadshow Location Date
Imago Mall KK, Sabah 9 September to 11 September 2022
Gurney Plaza, Penang 9 September to 11 September 2022
Sunway Pyramid, Selangor 29 September to 2 October 2022

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 + Fold4 Roadshow Deals

Here are the launch deals available at the roadshows, as well as online :

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4

  • Available colours : Bora Purple, Blue, Pink Gold, Graphite
  • Available storage capacities : 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
  • Free gift #1 : Samsung Core+ 1-year extended warranty + 3 protective film replacements
  • Free gift #2 : Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Bluetooth 40mm (worth RM799)

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 Bespoke Edition

  • Available colours : Customisable
  • Available storage capacities : 256 GB
  • Free gift #1 : Samsung Core+ 1-year extended warranty + 3 protective film replacements
  • Free gift #2 : Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Bluetooth 40mm (worth RM799)
  • Free gift #3 : 2% Samsung Rewards Points
  • Free gift #4 : Free Samsung Clear Slim Cover (worth RM99)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4

  • Available colours : Graygreen, Beige, Phantom Black, Burgundy
  • Available storage capacities : 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB
  • Free gift #1 : Samsung Core+ 1-year extended warranty + 3 protective film replacements
  • Free gift #2 : Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Bluetooth 40mm (worth RM799)

 

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Is Najib Razak Staying In This Swanky Prison?!

Is former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak staying in a swanky prison, after his conviction for corruption in the 1MDB financial scandal?!

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

 

Claim : Najib Razak Is Staying In This Swanky Prison!

People are sharing a viral photo, and posts, claiming that former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is staying in a swanky prison, after his conviction for corruption in the 1MDB financial scandal.

Here are a few examples of the posts that normally accompanies the viral photo (with our English translation where necessary):

PENJARA UNTUK VIP.
Penjara atau bilik tahanan untuk VIP tak sama seperti bilik banduan biasa.
Jangan terkejut , Bilik penjara VIP mungkin aksesnya lebih hebat berbanding rumah orang awam.
Diberi tv , internet , buku , aircond dan katil tilam berkualiti tinggi.

PRISON FOR VIP
Prison or holding room for VIP is not the same as the standard prison room.
Don’t be shocked. VIP prison room may have better facilities than a common person’s house.
Includes TV, Internet, book, air-conditioning and high-quality bed and mattress.

Najib isn’t in a cell. A good friend whose cousin is a senior prison officer at Kajang said Najib is given a house within the prison grounds.

These houses are meant for senior prison officers.

 

Claim : Najib Razak Is Staying In This Swanky Prison!

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

Fact #1 : Prison Quarters Are Not Within Prison Compound

Malaysian prisons have staff quarters on campus for junior officers, but senior officers generally live off-campus.

Even so, the prison staff quarters are not located within the prison compound, but in a separate area some distance away.

This satellite map shows you just how far the Kajang Prison quarters are from the main prison complex.

It is therefore impossible for the Kajang Prison to allocate one of these quarters for Najib Razak’s use.

Fact #2 : Viral Photo Was Of Swiss Prison

The viral photo of the swanky prison room that was allegedly arranged for Najib Razak was actually taken in 2011.

It does not show any prison cell or accommodation in the Kajang Prison. It is a photo of a 3-inmate cell at the Champ-Dollon Prison in Switzerland.

The Champ-Dollon Prison was notorious for overcrowding, so the Swiss government refurbished the cells to make them more spacious. The new prison cells now accommodate 3 prisoners, and even comes with an attached bathroom!

This photo was taken by the Swiss news agency Keystone-SDA when the newly refurbished rooms were unveiled in July 2011.

The official caption for this photo is in French, but translates to “View of a cell for three inmates during new annex’s inaguration on July 25, 2011, in Thonex, near Geneva“.

Fact #3 : Malaysia Prisons Department Refutes Claims

On 24 August 2022, the Malaysia Prisons Department (Jabatan Penjara Malaysia) refuted the viral claims and photo, and again on 7 September 2022.

It also stated that Najib Razak will not be accorded any special treatment, and stressed that all prisoners will be treated the same.

Fact #4 : Najib Razak Already Had Some Preferential Treatment

Najib Razak was already shown some preferential treatment by being taken to the Kajang Prison in a Volvo SUV, with a rather large police escort.

However, there is really no evidence (yet) that he received any preferential treatment inside the Kajang Prison.

Many netizens are calling for the Malaysia Prisons Department to post photos of Najib Razak’s prison cell to assure them that he is not getting preferential treatment. However, that is unlikely to happen.

 

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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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Mandatory Penis Inspection In School Was Just A Prank!

The viral letter about mandatory penis inspection in a Bandar Kinrara school was a student’s prank!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Mandatory Penis Inspection In School? What’s Going On?!

A letter that purportedly showed the Malaysia Ministry of Education calling for mandatory penis inspection at SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara went viral on social media.

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS OF
SMK SEKSYEN 4 BANDAR KINRARA:
MANDATORY PENIS INSPECTION

To all male students of SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara:

The Ministry of Education requires us to conduct mandatory penis inspections on all male students at SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara in accordance with Health Code 6,9. This year’s penis inspection will take place on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 during Assembly. All circumcised males should report to the Bilik Disiplin (280), and all uncircumcised males should report to the Bilik Media (273). There will be on ONE makeup date on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 8:00 AM. If you are unable lo attend either inspection dale, a district official can arrange to meet with you on your own time (call 03-8075 xxxx to arrange an appointment

NOTE: All male students MUST attend an inspection, or they WALL NOT Receive their 2020 SPM SLIPI

A traditional UK “Pass-or-Fail” method will be used in the inspection. Please ensure that all penises are clean and orderly, as there will be no special circumstances. Note that SPM SLIP 2020 will not be issued by the Ministry of Education to any individual with an erection.

If you have any questions about the inspection, contact Puan Sri Lan Lan, Ministry of Education appointment Genital Commission official.

 

Mandatory Penis Inspection In School Was Just A Prank!

SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara administrative senior assistant Muhammad Asri Heman clarified that the viral letter on penis inspection was merely a “prank” by one of their students.

He said that neither the school or the education ministry had conduction any penis inspection, and that the student was suspended and “action had been taken against him“.

Asri said that the student posted the letter on his social media page, after there were initial concerns by Form 5 students that someone may be checking their private parts in the toilets.

Despite the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) logo, it seems obvious that this was meant to be satire, with over-the-top details, including an admonishment about erections.

All things considered – it was a pretty funny piece. This kid has a future in writing. I just hope he doesn’t misuse it to create fake news in the future.

 

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