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    by Published on 06-01-2017 11:15 PM     Number of Views: 246 

    Chinese twins gain post-Harvard internet fame, for their brains and beauty

    Netizens in China are captivated with a pair of Chinese twin sisters who recently graduated from one of the most prestigious schools in the United States.

    23-year-old Sun Yumeng and Sun Yutong have completed their graduate degrees in Education from Harvard University.

    And, they did so in just one year after finishing their undergraduate studies at Shanghai's Fudan University, reports China Daily.

    The twins have become overnight sensations, not just because of their beauty, but also due to their intelligence.

    The pair, who hail from Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu province, appear to be virtually inseparable during their time together at Harvard.
    by Published on 06-01-2017 11:11 PM     Number of Views: 235 

    Homeless Man Raises Funds to Feed Stray Cats Before Himself Every Day...
    A homeless man from Thailand sells limes every day on the streets so he can raise enough money to buy cat food for the local strays.

    He always feeds the homeless cats before himself.

    It all began when a young woman, Warunya Wattanasupachoke, spotted the homeless man selling limes with a sign saying, "20 baht per bag, profits will pay for stray cat's food expenses."

    She decided to purchase a few limes but soon she learned that the man got his lime supply from a kind citizen who gave him the fruit free without charge.

    The man, "Loong Dum", has been caring for the local homeless cats since he first came across one. Every day he sells limes to raise funds to feed the strays. To him, they are his family, and they rely on him.
    "We shouldn't judge someone based on their appearance," Warunya said. "Take Loong Dum for example. Though he is homeless and rugged-looking, he has a big heart."

    The kind man makes sure that all the stray cats get fed every day even though it means that he will not have enough food for himself.
    "I'm fine with skipping meals, but the cat needs to eat," he said.

    Loong Dum and his beloved cat.

    After his story was posted on Facebook, many Thai people offered to help. Some came to buy limes from him and others dropped off cat food and supplies every day to help him and the local strays.

    The excitement he gets when he receives cat food for his feline friends.

    A Facebook page was created to share updates about Loong Dum and his cats.

    "Your outer appearance doesn't matter. At the end of the day, your self-worth is defined by how good of a person you are," the admin of Cat Lover Loong Dum said.
    by Published on 05-29-2017 11:06 PM     Number of Views: 247 

    Indonesian Muslim preacher named as porn case suspect

    Indonesian police have named a controversial hardline Muslim preacher as a suspect in a pornography case.
    Rizieq Shihab is accused of exchanging graphic messages and nude pictures in text conversations with a woman.
    The cleric, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, has denied the accusations.
    Mr Rizieq heads the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), which led mass protests against Jakarta's former governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama who was jailed for blasphemy last month.

    Known for his fiery rhetoric, Mr Rizieq has been jailed twice for violence and disrupting public order.
    In this latest case, Mr Rizieq is accused of violating Indonesia's strict anti-pornography laws by transmitting pornography to activist Firza Husein, who has also been named as a suspect.
    Screenshots of what appeared to be text and picture messages between the two of them began circulating online earlier this year.

    It's being seen by many as the height of hypocrisy. This is a man whose group's core battleground has been against sexual promiscuity, prostitution and alcohol.
    His group campaigned for the very laws that their leader is now being charged under, the controversial anti-pornography laws.
    To his supporters, Rizieq Shihab is a hero who embodies the true face of Islam. Now he is being charged with transmitting pornographic content with a woman who is not his wife.
    Some legal experts have questioned why the police are pursuing this particular case. He faces six other charges including defaming the countries founding principles and first president, and blasphemy against Catholicism for questioning whether Jesus was really the son of God.
    Police have repeatedly summoned Mr Rizieq for questioning since April, but he has yet to report to them. The preacher has been in Saudi Arabia with his family since late April.

    An FPI spokesman told Reuters that the legal complaints were "unfounded" and "engineered to criminalise" clerics.
    Mr Rizieq's lawyer has also said the allegations were fabricated by supporters of Mr Purnama, also known as Ahok.

    Mr Rizieq is known to be a vocal opponent of Mr Purnama.
    He and the FPI campaigned for months last year against Mr Purnama, a Christian and ethnic Chinese, claiming that he could not lead a Muslim city.
    When Mr Purnama addressed these claims in a speech while campaigning for Jakarta's mayoral election, he was accused of insulting Islam, prompting even larger protests.
    He was subsequently tried and found guilty of blasphemy.
    by Published on 05-28-2017 11:13 PM     Number of Views: 183 

    Kind Chinese Doctor Who Stopped To Help 'Mat Rempit' In Accident At Karak Highway Goes Viral

    A female Chinese doctor has shown that race and religion is no barrier to goodwill, after pictures of her helping a Malay motorcyclist who was involved in an accident went viral last Monday.

    In a Facebook posting by Muhammad Aizuddin, he shared how the doctor stopped by the road to help them as she noticed that the victim is badly injured.

    According to media reports, the doctor pulled over her car after seeing the accident at the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway near Genting Sempah last Sunday.
    She immediately checked the injured motorcyclist pulse and breathing. The self-confessed 'mat rempit' explained he knew she is a doctor as she had brought along her medical equipment and even knew how to set his broken arm into position, Harian Metro reports.

    Aizuddin said that he gained a lot of respect for the female doctor, as she did not let prejudice stand in the way for her to help people.

    "Respect for this 'Amoi'. Even though she knows that we are 'Mat Rempit', she still stopped by to help us because she's a doctor," said Aizuddin.

    Aizuddin also added how she was the one who told him to go and buy sweets so that the victim won't suffer from low sugar level in his body.

    "You go and look for her when you're feeling better. She was the one who asked me to buy sugar syrup, she was the one who poured water on your wounds," Aizuddin said in his Facebook posting.

    He also said that the female doctor even said that she will stay there until the ambulance arrived.

    In the aftermath of the incident, the victim Faisal Hasbullah Alimin who is now in stable condition, has expressed his gratitude for the doctor.
    "Thank you for helping me, even though we don't know each other and are of different races," Faisal said to Harian Metro.

    Faisal said that the doctor's kindness really touched his heart, and stated his intent of meeting the doctor and thanking her personally.

    "Usually, when people see motorcyclists they will think that we are 'Mat Rempit', but when I see how driven she is in helping me, I see that not everyone thinks like that.

    "If given the chance, I would like to meet her personally and thank her in person," said Faisal.

    As of writing, the Facebook posting by Muhammad Aizuddin has gained 4500 likes and 676 shares.

    Lets hope that after seeing the female doctor's actions, more and more Malaysians are inspired to spread kindness to others, without letting race, religion or prejudices stop them.
    by Published on 05-26-2017 05:31 AM     Number of Views: 174 

    Woman in fatal crash with cyclists turns to crowd-funding for legal fees
    She needs about RM60,000 to foot her legal fees, says appealing to the public for help is her last resort.

    PETALING JAYA: Sam Ke Ting, the saleswoman involved in an accident at Jalan Lingkaran Dalam in Johor Bahru where eight “Mat Lajak” cyclists were killed in February, has turned to crowd-funding to foot her legal fees.
    In a posting on her Facebook page, the 22-year-old asked for the public’s help to collect money for her court case, reported The Star today.

    Sam said she needed about RM60,000 to foot her legal fees, saying that appealing to the public for help was her last resort.
    “My family has exhausted all their savings to help me foot the costs,” she said in her Facebook entry posted today.

    Sam appealed to the public for donations and gave account numbers at two banks.

    On Feb 18, Sam allegedly ploughed into a group of 30 to 40 cyclists, killing eight and injuring eight others.
    The cyclists, aged 13 to 17, were believed to have been blocking some roads in the area.
    The incident happened at 3am in Jalan Lingkaran Dalam.
    Sam claimed trial to a charge of dangerous and reckless driving. She was charged under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 and was released on bail.
    by Published on 05-09-2017 04:35 AM     Number of Views: 450 

    Court sentences Ahok to two years in prison for blasphemy

    Jakarta's Christian governor was sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy against Islam today, a harsher than expected ruling in a trial that was seen as a test of religious tolerance in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation.

    The guilty verdict comes amid concern about the growing influence of Islamist groups, who organised mass demonstrations during a tumultuous election campaign that ended with Basuki Tjahaja Purnama losing his bid for another term as governor.

    President Joko Widodo was an ally of Purnama, an ethnic-Chinese Christian who is popularly known as "Ahok", and the verdict will be a blow to a government that has sought to quell radical groups and soothe investors' concerns that the country's secular values were at risk.

    As thousands of supporters and opponents waited outside, the head judge of the south Jakarta court, Dwiarso Budi Santiarto, said Purnama was "found to have legitimately and convincingly conducted a criminal act of blasphemy, and because of that we have imposed two years of imprisonment".

    Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch described the verdict as "a huge setback" for Indonesia's record of tolerance and for minorities.

    "If someone like Ahok, the governor of the capital, backed by the country's largest political party, ally of the president, can be jailed on groundless accusations, what will others do?" Harsono said.

    Supporters shocked

    Thousands of police were deployed in the capital early today in case clashes broke out, but there was no immediate sign of any violence after the court's verdict.

    Purnama told the court he would appeal the ruling.

    There was shock among his supporters outside the court and some wept openly.

    Prosecutors had urged a suspended one-year jail sentence on charges of hate speech. The maximum sentence is four years in prison for hate speech and five years for blasphemy.

    Hardline Islamist groups had urged the maximum penalty possible over comments by Purnama that they said were insulting to the Islamic holy book, the Quran.

    Purnama denied wrongdoing, though he apologised for comments he made last year criticising his opponents' use of the Quran in political campaigning ahead of the election for governor.

    Purnama lost his bid for re-election to a Muslim rival, Anies Baswedan, in an April run-off - after the most divisive and religiously charged election in recent years. He will hand over to Baswedan in October.

    Analysts say the radical Islamist groups that organised mass protests against Purnama had a decisive impact on the outcome of the election.

    Rights group fear they are in the ascendant in a country where most Muslims practise a moderate form of Islam and which is home to sizeable communities of Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and people who adhere to traditional beliefs.

    The government has been criticised for not doing enough to protect religious minorities but Joko had urged restraint over the trial and called for all sides to respect the legal process.

    His government said yesterday it would take legal steps to disband Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), a group that seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate, because its activities were creating social tensions and threatening security.

    Blasphemy law

    Indonesia's blasphemy law originated with a 1965 presidential decree from the country's first president, Sukarno, in response to demands from majority Muslim organisations urging a prohibition on deviant beliefs.

    It was made law in 1969, during the rule of a later president, Suharto. The law covers acts that deviate from the six officially recognised religions - Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism - as well as defamation of these religions and promotion of atheism.

    In theory, the law covers only actual deviation from set practices. However, there have been multiple cases of people being prosecuted under separate laws for voicing criticism of the faiths. Such offences are punishable by up to five years in prison.

    In 2002, a civil servant in West Sumatra, Alexander Aan, was sentenced to two years in prison for creating a Facebook group for local atheists that contained messages critical of Islam. The provisions banning the expression of hostility towards a religion and the promotion of atheism have been incorporated into the criminal code.

    In 2013, the Constitutional Court rejected a petition filed by activists who argued that the blasphemy law contravened the right to religious freedom, as set out in the constitution. The court argued that the blasphemy law was necessary to maintain public order.

    According to Amnesty International, at least 106 individuals have been prosecuted and convicted under blasphemy laws in Indonesia since 2005. Those convicted were mostly members of religious minorities or those who practised beliefs considered to be deviant.

    by Published on 04-28-2017 02:19 AM     Number of Views: 1032 

    Cambodian actress is banned from making new movies for a year because culture bosses say she is 'too sexy'
    Culture bosses have banned Denny Kwan from making any new films for a year
    The 24-year-old has had to 're-educate' because she was seen as being 'too sexy'
    Punishment has sparked outrage and Miss Kwan insisits her roles are not erotic
    She says she will now 'try not to be sexy as I usually am when I post on Facebook'

    A Cambodian actress has been banned from making any new movies for a year because the country's cultural bosses say she is 'too sexy'.
    Denny Kwan, 24, who has appeared in numerous movies, has had a 're-education' session with the Culture and Fine Arts Ministry after it was decided she had violated a code of conduct.
    With 300,000 Facebook followers around the world, Miss Kwan said that the parts she played in movies were nothing like the erotic roles played by other actresses.

    In Cambodia, there are many sexy artists. Some are even more than me when shooting, featuring kissing and being erotic,' she said.
    'I know it's my right to dress how I want, but our culture, Cambodian people, cannot accept it,' she told the Phnom Penh Post. 'I will now try not to be sexy as I usually am when I post on Facebook.'
    She told the Cambodia Daily that when she was first called before culture ministry officials they 'educated me like a daughter', but she had said she had reserved the right to keep dressing as she wished.

    The Ministry's code of conduct aims to promote the 'preservation, maintenance of arts, culture, tradition and the identity of the nation' and 'prevent any negative effects of the arts and tradition of the nation.'
    Now, for the next 12 months, Miss Kwan must not step in front of any movie camera - a punishment that has caused outrage among freedom and women's groups in the country.
    The gender equality group Gender and Development Cambodia, hit out at the ministry's decision on both ethical and legal grounds.
    'For me, I think that the ministry should not do that to her because she has the right as there is no policy or law to prohibit what people wear,' said Ms Ros Sopheap, the group's executive director.

    Ms Sopheap said the ministry was violating the UN's Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discriminatiion Against Women.
    Ms Thida Khus, head of Silaka, a women's rights group, described the ministry's action as 'appalling'.
    'This situation only happens to women and it's gender discrimination,' she said. 'It's a violation of gender equality. Women are the ones prone to this.'
    Ms Khus said the ministry was preventing Miss Kwan from getting work and was asking employers to co-operate by not hiring her - another wave of discrimination, she added.
    A gender studies researcher, Theresa de Langis, told the Post that 'something like this has a chilling effect, not only on her, but on women in general who are hoping to express themselves.'

    The culture ministry was adamant it had behaved properly.
    Chamroeun Vantha, chief of the disciplinary council, said Miss Kwan had been punished because she failed to respect a written promise she made with the ministry last May not to dress in a sexy way.
    'The council members decided to punish Denny Kwan by not having any activities in the entertainment industry for one year, such as filming, karaoke and singing performances on TV.'
    And Pon Putborei, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Women's Affairs, said that as a public figure Miss Kwan does not have the right to wear whatever she wants. 'She needs to be careful with our culture,' he said.


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