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2021 National Day Celebrated With The Spirit of Malaysian Family

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PUTRAJAYA, Aug 31  — Malaysia today celebrated its 64th National Day, in a celebration filled with patriotism in the spirit of the Malaysian family.

It is celebrated under the new normal circumstances for the second year due to the COVID-19 pandemic at Dataran Pahlawan Negara, here.

Various programmes and performances with elements of patriotism, are held in compliance with standard operating procedures (SOP) with the physical presence of limited number of viewers, while others could watch them on television or virtually.

A video clip on the Malaysian Family, with lyrics by Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa was screened for the first time as guests, who included Cabinet ministers, arrived for the celebration.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and his wife, Datin Seri Muhaini Zainal Abidin, also attended the celebration, themed ‘Caring Malaysia”, but virtually as he is in quarantine since yesterday for being a close contact of a COVID-19 patient.

The celebration started at 8 am with three members of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) raising the Jalur Gemilang, accompanied by the national anthem.

This was followed by the reading of the Rukun Negara and then the shouts of “Merdeka”. by representatives from the various front line agencies and departments,  led by  Luqman AlHakim Mohd Tamyes from the Education Ministry.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Look Normal But They Are Actually Not, These Are 5 Scariest School In Malaysia

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Ghost stories here in Malaysia are definitely something that is not rare or even uncommonly happened. Growing up in this particular country, ghost stories are often be told especially if they are ghost occurrences that happened in schools. That is why Malaysia would be categorized as one of the famous countries that have a lot of scary schools.

Almost every school in Malaysia has its own legacy of horror and scary stories. People have heard of various quirky and even comical tales, from the aunty who sells nasi lemak from door to door at 3 am in the dorm to the classic headless spirit who goes wandering around the school. All the scary stories really stick in the mind of the students.

1) Victoria Institution

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The Victoria Institution was taken over during the Japanese Occupation and was used as a Japanese military base where there was much torture resulting in the deaths of many locals. Many British soldiers and locals were brutally tortured to death in the basement and some older buildings on the campus. Appearances of spirits are not only at night but many are also possessed during the day. One of the cases was a band member who was rehearsing until late one night ‘disappeared’ and was only later found on a water tank. He claimed he saw a woman who was alone, and politely, he asked where the woman was going and he did not remember anything after that.

2) Penang Free School

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Built-in the year 1816, Penang Free School is located in Green Lane, George Town, Penang is the oldest school using the English medium in Southeast Asia. This means that this school has existed in Malaysia for more than 200 years and there is definitely a lot of history in this school. Stories like flashing lights and strange sounds at night are common. Some even claim to have heard the screams of a woman late in the middle of the night, associated with the spirits of prisoners tortured during the Japanese occupation

3) Danau Perdana School

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Apparently, it already looks creepy. The school has been vacated since 2005 due to unsafe ground conditions to occupy as traces of cracks began to appear in the walls while it was still operating. One of the famous stories is that this school is inhabited by vampires, the spirit of a woman who died while pregnant. Some say the vampire was one of the school cleaners who had died.

4) Saint Michael Institution

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Saint Michael’s Institution is a boys ’school located in Ipoh, Kinta, Perak. According to history, in 1912 a group of Catholic missionaries arrived here and began building a school next to the famous Kinta River. The school is reportedly very harsh as it was once used as the headquarters of the Japanese secret police during World War II. When it comes to the Japanese colonialists, there is no denying that there was a lot of torture and death going on.

5) Serian School

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Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Serian or SMK Serian, once experienced an emergency incident that occurred in 2008. In the incident, 12 school students were hysterically attacked in which the students were seen screaming out of control and behaving strangely. The mass hysterical attack caused so much disruption that the class had to be suspended by the authorities. The school believes the incident stemmed from the presence of the paranormal.

Sources: Victoria Institution, Penang Free School, Danau Perdana School, Saint Michael Institution, Serian School, Afterschool.

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From Endangered To Extinct, Getting Know The ‘Ivory-Billed Woodpecker’

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Birds are vertebrate animals that have evolved to fly. Many of them can also jump, swim, and dive. Some animals, such as penguins, have lost their ability to fly but still have wings. Birds can be found in a variety of habitats all over the world. The ostrich, which stands nine feet tall, is the largest. The bee hummingbird, which is only two inches long, is the tiniest.

There are many species of birds that exist, some still can be found while others seem to have extinct. Recently, it has been declared that another species of bird had extinct. The ‘ivory-billed woodpecker’.

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The majestic ivory-billed woodpecker, a stately black-and-white bird that previously nested in mature forests in the American Southeast and Cuba, was last sighted in the United States in 1944 in Louisiana. With no credible reports for decades, most ornithologists feared the bird had gone extinct. And then, on Wednesday, the US Fish and Wildlife Service revealed its decision to remove 22 creatures and one plant from the Endangered Species Act list, including the ivorybill, because the government deems them extinct.

The ivory-billed woodpecker goes by another name, the ‘Lord God Bird’, a nickname it earned because that’s what people cried out the first time they ever saw one: “Lord God, what a bird.” These birds’ plumage is predominantly a gleaming black-purple. White lines run from the cheekbones to the back of the neck, where they connect. Ivory-bills have a high crest, which is ragged in juveniles. They have a robust and straight bill, as do all woodpeckers, as well as a long, movable, hard-tipped, barbed tongue. The bill of an adult is ivory in hue, while that of a juvenile is chalky white.

‘Ivory’ Bill

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Ivory-billed woodpeckers utilize their massive white bill (made of bone rather than ivory) to remove bark from dead but still-standing trees and gain access to the beetle larvae that are their major meal. Some Native Americans used to esteem these currencies as decorative ornaments. They’ve been discovered in archaeological sites far away from the bird’s original range, implying that they were valuable as trade objects.

Habitat

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Ivory-billed Woodpeckers foraged in huge stands of trees and in regions where many trees had recently died due to flooding, fire, or other disturbances. They were once found in upland pine woods, but by 1891, they were primarily found in bald cypress swamps, where they bred and foraged at the drier edges where the swamps met highland pine forests.

Diet

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Ivory-billed Large beetle larvae from the longhorn, jewel, and click beetle families were largely eaten by woodpeckers. They also ate the considerably smaller larvae of the bark beetle family, including the southern pine beetle, to a lesser extent. These beetles can breed in huge numbers in regions where fires, floods, and other natural disasters have resulted in stands of dead trees, which Ivory-bills prefer. They stripped the bark from dead trees and fallen logs with their enormous bills, or created extensive excavations into the wood as Pileated Woodpeckers do. Hickory, pecan, magnolia, poison ivy, grapes, persimmons, hackberries, and possibly acorns were among the fruits and nuts they consumed.

Behavior

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Ivory-billed Woodpeckers were known to be sociable, with reports of up to 11 birds foraging in the same tree at the same time. The birds were most likely monogamous and kept their pair connections all year. A male perched near a female, the duo preened, and then the birds briefly clutched each other’s bills, according to one description of a courtship display. Also, they have an extremely graceful flight with long, swooping glides between trees.

Here are some other cool facts to know about this amazing bird:

  • The Ivory-billed woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in the United States.
  • Because of its rarity and elusiveness, the Ivory-billed woodpecker is also known as the “Holy Grail bird” and the “Lord God bird” or the “Good God bird.” “King of the Woodpeckers” and “Elvis in Feathers” are two other nicknames for the Ivory-billed woodpecker.
  • The Ivory-billed woodpecker is the only North American woodpecker with a beak that is flattened laterally and curved like a beveled wood chisel.
  • Ivory-bills usually build their nests in or near broken-off stumps in living trees, where the wood is simpler to excavate; the overhanging stump can help conceal the opening from rain and predators by casting a shadow over it.
  • After a series of sightings in Arkansas beginning in 2004, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology was involved in attempts to relocate Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in the southeastern United States from 2006 to 2010.
  • Ivory-billed Woodpecker bills were used as decorations by Native Americans. Archeologists discovered Ivory-billed Woodpecker skulls far outside of the woodpecker’s recognized range, indicating a booming bill trade spanning much of North America.

Unfortunately, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker isn’t the only huge North American woodpecker to have perished as a result of habitat degradation. The world’s largest woodpecker, the Imperial Woodpecker of Mexico, hasn’t been sighted since the 1950s. In 2010, a hunt for Imperial Woodpeckers in the Sierra Madre’s pine forests yielded no results. Only museum specimens and a few small fragments of reconstructed film footage from the 1950s are currently known about the bird.

Sources: National GeographicScience History InstituteAll About BirdsAnimalia

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(Video) Bride Had To Prepare Baby’s Food During Wedding Ceremony

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Because of the current horrendous COVID-19 pandemic that still hits the world nowadays, a lot of celebrations and also mass gatherings had to be put on hold to make sure that the deadly virus does not get spread to other people and make the situation worse than it has been now. One of the on-hold celebrations would be the wedding ceremony.

Because the celebration had to be put on hold, some people decided not to do the wedding ceremony at all but some other people decided to do the wedding ceremony some other time. Because of that, some couples have had the time for them to stay together in the same house after they got married before they manage to do the wedding ceremony. That is exactly what happened to this couple that has to take care of their baby during their own celebration.

@hairulazmeerbila kau nikah dah setaun lebih..n now bru buat majlis..dah terkeluar anak sorang pulak dah..🤣🤣🤣 #pengantinpkp #fyp #fypシ♬ bunyi asal – Hairul Azmeer Hussai

As every netizen can see in the recently posted TikTok video that went viral by a particular user that goes by the name Hairul Azmeer Hussai, he stated that the bride which is his wife had to prepare food for their baby even though that day is their own wedding ceremony day. She was still in her beautiful and gorgeous dress while making the food.

According to the TikToker comment, the video was recorded yesterday and the baby is already 7 months old. The couple has been happily married for 1 year and 5 months because they got married in the month of April last year.

Sources: TikTok Hairul Azmeer Hussai.

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