Although Kuan Chee Heng has been actively helping the community for almost 14 years, the social activist, who’s better known as ‘Hero Malaya’ among Malaysian netizens, still feels overwhelmed witnessing some Malaysians sincerely helping each other despite their differences.
Known for his community work and good deeds, Kuan, shared a post on his social media account, on August 5, showing a series of photos of a poor Chinese boy, wearing only a pair of shorts, helping his mother hand wash their clothes.
Within only a minute of posting, Kuan received an immediate text message from a Malay woman, named Fauziah, who was willing to donate a great amount of money so Kuan could help the family to buy a proper washing machine.
In their discussion on WhatsApp, Kuan told Fauziah that a basic washing machine would cost RM600 but the kind-hearted woman then offered RM100 extra so the boy would have money to buy some detergents along with the new machine.
Overwhelmed by Fauziah’s help, Kuan posted an emotional message in his posting and shared his experience of helping the poor boy and his mother.
“When the Chinese were down-and-out, the Malays offer to help. When Malays in need of help, the Chinese and Indians bid their hands on helping them.
“Malaysians are crazy. We are not racist after all. Fauziah, you make me cry. Malaysia is so great,” Kuan expressed.
Following the generous donation, Kuan bought the family a Sharp washing machine which costs RM715. After two years of helping his mum doing laundry with his bare hands, the boy now can finally rest and start helping his mum in other ways.
Netizens could not help but feel overjoyed by Fauziah and Kuan’s help, thanking and congratulating the both of them, agreeing to Kuan’s comments that Malaysians are not racist after all.
Apart from mooting his 10sen services that include ambulance and taxi service, market and library – this year, Kuan launched a hotel that costs only RM1 per night where the poor can stay comfortably in.
We applaud the Hero Malaya’s efforts and hope his good deeds will inspire many more Malaysians to show their compassion and to stand united as a nation that helps others regardless of skin colour, race and religion. – mD
MECCA – Performing the haj can become complicated for female pilgrims when they are menstruating, but this doesn’t have to be the case, said Dr Anisah Abdul Ghani, one of Tabung Haji’s (TH) religious experts for this year’s haj season.
The former Fiqh lecturer at Universiti Malaya said Malaysian female pilgrims often become too anxious about their menstruation during haj.
“The only thing they are restricted from performing when menstruating is to circumambulate the Kaaba (tawaf), pray and read the Quran. The rest – to zikir and make doa in Mina and Arafah – is still permissible,” Anisah told Malaysian media here recently.
She said even if female pilgrims are on their period, there are still ways they can complete their haj, and this is discussed in detail in religious modules that pilgrims attend before haj.
Briefly, these may involve paying dam (the sacrificing of an animal), returning to do tawaf later, or to follow the practice of other schools of thought (madhhab).
“There are ways to still get the haj. There is no reason to get over-stressed on the issue of menstruation,” added Anisah, whose expertise is Islamic jurisprudence.
The other two religious experts for this year are Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz, former director-general of Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim); and Datuk Noh Gadut, Majlis Agama Islam Johor (Maij) advisor.
Anisah said since obtaining haj is still possible for female pilgrims in spite of their menstruation, making the right intention (niat) is crucial and not to be taken lightly.
For example, there is the normal intention – “to perform haj and be in ihram” – and the conditional intention – “to perform haj and be in ihram, but if I menstruate, I am free from ihram”.
TH discourages female haj pilgrims from declaring conditional niat for haj, because if they menstruate on the Day of Arafah (Wukuf), they are automatically no longer in ihram and will not get their haj this year.
Similarly, some pilgrims are influenced by others and change their intention on the type of haj they wish to perform, from what they originally intended, which will have consequences.
For instance, those who choose haj Tamattu’ perform Umrah first, and are then free from ihram until it is time to head for Arafah, when they will make another intention for haj.
For the other types of haj (Ifrad and Qiran), the pilgrims are in a state of ihram much longer – from first arriving in Mecca until Wukuf – and therefore, it is a greater challenge to avoid the prescribed restrictions during that period.
“That’s why we tell the pilgrims to think carefully about their ‘niat’. This is not a small matter,” Anisah added. -NST
Still going strong: Kooi Heang (right) watching Kooi Lye preparing curry mee for takeaway at their stall near the Air Itam market. The sisters still use a charcoal stove to cook.
GEORGE TOWN – Despite being in their 80s, the famous Lim sisters who sell curry mee in Air Itam are not showing any signs of slowing down, let alone retiring.
In their little shed, tucked away from the main street of the Air Itam market, the two octogenarians are still working tirelessly, as they have been since 1946!
A visit on Wednesday found Kooi Lye, 83, seated on a plastic stool busily churning out bowls of curry mee, with the ingredients all within arm’s length, while her elder sister Kooi Heang, 85, sat on a rattan chair as she took orders.
Asked about retiring, the elder sister smiled and shook her head, saying without hesitation that “as long as we can do it, we will continue”.
The sisters, who never married, have made a name for themselves as “living heritage” who still serve curry mee cooked over a charcoal stove.
Diners still use the low wooden stools and eat facing them, with their hands cradling their ceramic bowls.
The sisters said they started out by helping their mum with the business when they were young.
“We only went to school for a few years. Then the Japanese arrived, and our schooling was stopped, so we helped our mum.
“We were very young then, and our curry mee was just 20 sen a bowl, and customers sat on our stools just like today,” she said with a twinkle in her eye as she reminisced about an era gone by.
Their stall opens at 7.30am, and their curry mee usually sells out by 1pm.
She said they would wake up at 4.30am to prepare the ingredients, and sleep late at night as they have to do cleaning up, as well as prepare the chilli paste and curried cuttlefish for next day’s sales.
This has been their routine for almost all their lives, with Tuesday being their only day of rest.
Despite weathering hardship for decades, the humble sisters are still a cheery pair, warmly greeting every customer as they serve them.
Their grandniece Ong May May, 27, said she has been gradually picking up the skills to prepare the curry mee to ensure the culinary tradition survives. – The Star Online
Malaysia has the lowest proportion of senior business roles held by women in Asean, according to a latest report by Grant Thornton.
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has the lowest proportion of senior business roles
held by women in ASEAN, according to a latest report by Grant Thornton.
The 2017 International Business Report (IBR), a survey conducted between
October-December in 2016, revealed that only 24 per cent of senior business
roles were held by women in Malaysia, down from 26 per cent recorded in the 2016
Meanwhile, 34 per cent of businesses here have no women in senior
management, up from 31 per cent previously.
The annual survey highlighted that Indonesia had the highest proportion of
senior business roles held by women (46 per cent) followed by Philippines (40
per cent), Thailand (31 per cent) and Singapore (30 per cent).
Grant Thornton Malaysia Country Managing Partner Datuk NK Jasani said
while businesses across ASEAN have increased the proportion of senior roles held
by women, Malaysia was still only half-way there.
“This is a real concern for business growth as it suggests we are not
maximising the potential out there.
“Diversity will be key to their success and those that remain closed are
putting themselves at risk of not tapping their full potential and losing
access to diversity of thinking,” he added.
Most women around the world would prefer to be working at paid jobs, and nearly as many men agree with them, even in regions with traditionally fewer women in the workforce, according to research released on Tuesday (March 7).
Only a third of women and men would prefer to see women stay at home, said the report by the UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) and US polling organization Gallup.
Half of the world’s working age women participate in the labour market, compared with three-quarters of men, the ILO said.
Those levels vary by region, with only a quarter or less of women in the workforce in South Asia, North Africa and Arab states.
The research, based on interviews in 2016 with almost 149,000 adults in 142 countries and territories, was aimed at understanding the factors affecting women’s participation in the labour force.
“Against the backdrop of the significant progress women have made in the world of work, there is much yet to accomplish,” the report said. “Over the decades, the benefits that women’s economic empowerment brings to individuals, families and societies as a whole have become clear, and yet gender equality has not been achieved anywhere.”
Worldwide, 70 per cent of women and 66 per cent of men would prefer that women work at paid jobs, it said.
Even where women are less present in the workforce, 57 per cent of men in North Africa and 52 per cent of men in Arab states said they would prefer to see women in paid work as well as working to care for their families.
The gender wage gap globally was estimated at 23 per cent, meaning on average women earn 77 per cent of what men earn, according to ILO data.
The research found the pay gap is unrelated to a country’s level of economic development and cannot be explained by differences in education, experience, age or career breaks.
It attributed the gap instead to “pervasive discrimination – conscious or unconscious – against women.”
Balancing work and family was cited as the biggest challenge in developed and emerging economies, and unfair treatment at work the biggest concern in developing economies.
The findings could help governments, employers and workers’ organisations keen to tap into women’s talent, the report said, calling for training for women and raising men’s awareness about the benefits of an increased household income. – Reuters
So hungry you could eat a horse? You probably shouldn’t. But that’s not the only thing you shouldn’t eat when you’re ravenous.
Studies have shown that leaving too much time between meals, or skipping meals entirely, can make us more likely to overeat and indulge in high-energy snacks. The result is usually bad news for your belly.
Although we don’t recommend skipping out on a snack, thinking it’s OK to eat any food that appears in front of your face is another serious mistake. Eating or drinking these foods and beverages will not only leave you feeling hungry, but some may also rev up your hunger, and others can irritate your empty stomach. If any of these foods appear in the wild, pass and look for one of these 10 Best Things to Eat When You’re Starving instead.
Ever wonder why you can feel completely stuffed after dinner and then manage to finish dessert? It’s due to a phenomenon known as sensory-specific satiety, which is the tendency to fill up on one flavour of food, but only feel like you’ve satisfied that one part of your stomach. As a result, your appetite persists and you still feel hungry for other types of food. That’s exactly what happens when you indulge in salty snacks like chips. Your body feels full on the salt front, but it still craves the sugar and glucose that it needs for energy. And you’re left still hungry.
2. Orange Juice
Orange juice fails in three ways when it comes to satisfying your hunger. For starters, a recent study in the journal Nature found liquid carbs to be 17 percent less filling compared with solid carbs. So, as a general rule, you’re better off eating something if you’re trying to satisfy your hunger than drinking something. Secondly, juices are devoid of any fibre—the macronutrient that helps to slow your body’s digestion of simple sugars. As a result, drinking juice will spike your blood sugar, leading to a short-lived satisfaction and devastating crash that leaves you hungrier. Finally, oranges are highly acidic, “so they can cause heartburn or make acid reflux symptoms worse, especially when consumed on an empty stomach,” explains Alissa Rumsey MS, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
3. Spicy Foods
Kicking up the heat on an empty stomach is a recipe for an irritated digestive system. Your stomach naturally increases production of digestive stomach acids in anticipation of a meal. When you eat spicy foods, it can irritate your stomach lining. Sorry, but you may have to put Wing Night Wednesday on hold if you had to skip lunch.
You might think to reach for a cuppa because you’ve heard caffeinated beverages are appetite suppressants, but it’s not your best bet. Coffee causes your stomach to produce even more acid when you drink it, which will increase the amount of inflammation in your stomach lining. It can also result in feelings of discomfort, bloat, and nausea.
5. Rice Cakes
They’re crunchy and make you feel like you’re eating air, but rice cakes won’t do much for you nutritionally or in terms of increasing satiety. This simple-carb snack ranks notoriously high on the glycemic index (GI) — a measure of how quickly blood rises in response to food on a scale of one to 100. And rice cakes come in at 82. High GI foods provide a rush of energy, which may help tide you over if you’re about to eat a meal, but ultimately cause excessive hunger and increased activity in craving and reward area of the brain, according to researchers at the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center. It’s the perfect storm for overeating and weight gain.
6. Diet Soda
No, it won’t even be good to “tide you over” until your next meal. “Diet” drinks or any snack that’s sweetened with artificial sweeteners will likely play no role in helping to rid your body of its hunger pangs. Artificial sweeteners—such as aspartame, acesulfame K, sucralose, and saccharin—have been scientifically shown to trigger your sweet receptors, make your body think you’re about to get sweet energy, and rev hunger with no reward.
When you feel hungry, it’s likely because your body is experiencing low blood sugar levels and needs a jolt of energy. The best way to get this is by consuming something with carbs (which break down into glucose), but also food with fiber and protein to help you sustain these energy levels longer. Unfortunately, not only is cheese seriously lacking in any carbs that will help fuel your brain and decrease feelings of hunger, but Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, CPT, explains that it’s one food that makes you hungrier. “Cheese is full of protein compounds called casomorphins, which cause an opiate-like addictive response when eaten,” she tells us. Combined with its high amount of salt, eating cheese will just make you crave more and more of it.
“Many [people] try chewing gum to take their mind off eating food. Unfortunately, this trick doesn’t usually work,” comments Lisa Hayim, MS, RD. “The chewing action actually tricks your body that food is coming down,” she explains, which results in your stomach initiating the preparation of gastric juices. But when no food comes down, your stomach really begins to churn and grumble, which can cause pain and making you more conscious of your need to eat.
Have you ever gone out for a sushi dinner only to stop by a pizza place on your way home? Sushi is one of the worst choices to make when you’re hungry for two reasons: One is that it’s primarily make up of white rice, which is highly refined, devoid of any satiating fiber, and thus rapidly digested. And two is that you likely dip your roll in super salty soy sauce. High-sodium foods cause you to feel thirsty and becuase thirst is often mistaken for hunger (it’s one of the 30 Reasons You’re Always Hungry), you’re likely going to feel even hungrier after eating.
10. 100-Calorie Packs
They sound like the perfectly portioned snacks, but don’t fall prey to false advertising. A 2016 study published in the journal Food Science and Nutrition discovered that calories consumed doesn’t always predict satiety. In other words, your stomach doesn’t feel full just because you ate a certain number of calories. Therefore, reaching for a tiny packet of cookies won’t always fill you up—and may actually make you eat more. A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that dieters perceived small snacks in small packages as diet-friendly and ended up eating multiple packets and more calories overall than when given a regular-size package.
With the launch of its new primers and setting sprays earlier this year, the Urban Decay team made it clear that they were placing a new emphasis on skin health and clarity. However, a recent post to Instagram proved that they’re really concerned about your complexion, because they’re about to launch an all-new line of skin care formulas.
“We’re taking makeup prep one step further,” the Instagram caption said. “It all starts with Rehab Makeup Prep — an exciting new lineup of products that scrub, cleanse, revitalize, and hydrate — and ends with Meltdown Makeup Remover to easily remove even the most stubborn waterproof makeup. Put it on perfectly, take it off totally.”
From what we can gather from this one image, there will be a minimum of six products in the Urban Decay Rehab Prep range. There’s Lip Love (likely a balm) and Pore Refining Peel (which peels off to reveal fresh skin). There’s also Hot Springs Hydrating Gel, Pretty Gritty Skin Polish (an exfoliator, obvs), as well as the two products we’re most looking forward to: Oxygenated Bubble Mask and Moisture Layer Eye Roller.
If you scroll through the Instagram gallery, you’ll see that there’s also a Meltdown Makeup Remover line, which consists of a Dissolving Spray, Cleansing Oil Stick, and — perfect for removing longwear lipstick — a Lip Oil Stick