hello i used to be a topp dogg fan in korea and i have a lot of sources for information, i don’t want to out ppl who helped me or stuff i overheard but if u use ur mind i’m sure u can put it all together yourselves.
im just really sick of stardom’s shit. this really is maybe the worst ent company in korea and because td members are stuck there they dont get an opportunity to showcase themselves, they’re constantly stuck with the “nugu” label and i guess watching yano and kidoh be not only swept away but spat on by former stardom trash themselves i have had it up to here with their shit. yes it is worse than you think it is, even if you already think its bad. i tried to highlight the real red flags instead of just the general side eyeish nugu fare like pimping the members out on dates with fans and seogoong and the whole under dogg thing so yea those also happened but the things im gonna talk about are like driving down the wrong side of the highway concerns that truthfully scare me
i was inspired to write this not just by mino on smtm, former stardom trash who now seems to think he’s better than people stuck behind the bullet he dodged so shoutout to mino…u piece of shit… , i was also inspired by the ticket sales for their european tour leg which is in dire straits. i am so sorry if this hurts their fans or hurts the boys although it really shouldn’t, i hope exposing how shitty stardom is panders for sympathy and ends up helping them. no one from stardom is explaining anything to anyone so maybe its time for me to share what i know..
when i visited malaysia i saw that several guys wrote “coldplay” in their grindr bios, which I assumed was some new sex thing (putting ice in ur ass or smth idk im not ur priest) but after talking to a couple of them it seems a lot of malaysian gays just really like the band coldplay
Sunday Interview: Dr Mackay, tobacco industry's worst nightmare
ANTI-TOBACCO advocate Professor Dr Judith Longstaff Mackay has been identified as ‘one of the three most dangerous people in the world’ by the industry. She was instrumental in developing the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. In her recent visit to Malaysia, she shares her experience campaigning against tobacco in Asia since 1984.
“I HAVE been described as a ‘psychotic human garbage, a gibbering Satan, an insane psychotic, power-lusting piece of meat, Hitler and a nanny’ and they (the tobacco industry allies) threatened to destroy me. But such threats and offensive words never once diverted me from my cause,” says Professor Dr Judith Longstaff Mackay.
Dr Mackay, 73, wears many hats. The World Health Organisation (WHO) senior policy adviser is also senior adviser to Vital Strategies, part of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco and director of the Asian Consultancy on Tobacco Control.
Her recent visit was part of her capacity as a visiting professor at the University Malaya Centre of Addiction Sciences.
A recipient of British Medical Journal Lifetime Achievement Award (2009) and a Special Award for Outstanding Contribution on Tobacco Control (2014), she has published 200 papers, and addressed over 460 conferences on tobacco control.
Dr Mackay has received many international awards in recognition of her contribution on tobacco control. She was selected as one of Time’s 60 Asian Heroes (2006) and of Time’s 100 World’s Most Influential People (2007).
Question: Born in Britain, you moved to Hong Kong in 1967 after earning a medical degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1966. What led to your resignation as a physician in 1984, and then becoming a leading campaigner and advocate for tobacco control for the last 30 years?
Answer: I had a complete career change from cure to prevention and there were three main reasons for making the shift.
First, when I was working in a hospital in Hong Kong, we had a maxim on our male medical wards that every person we admitted was a smoker with tobacco illnesses, like heart diseases, cancer and chronic chest problems, which were often too late and too advanced to be cured.
I realised we had to go a step “higher upstream” to prevent this rather than merely providing the ambulance services at the end-stage.
I came to feel that hospital medicine was important but it works like a band-aid in comparison with prevention.
You may be able to save hundreds of lives in a lifetime in hospital medicine, but millions of lives could be saved if you work in prevention. It is a completely different ball game, and yet the money, prestige and attention all go to curative medicine; and that is similar around the world.
Second, was the realisation that although women’s health those days was defined very gynaecologically, more women were being killed by tobacco than by every method of contraception combined. I was particularly concerned that the tobacco industry was enticing women with promises of beauty, fame, emancipation and freedom.
The third reason was that the tobacco industry felt Asia was theirs for the taking.
They said it themselves — when asked about their future in the 1980s, “What do we want? We want Asia”.
Q: Why did the tobacco industry had their eyes set on Asia?
A: They wanted the huge populations and the large number of men already smoking who could be persuaded to smoke their brands of cigarettes.
They galloped into Asia with the dream of converting the 60 per cent of men who smoked local cigarettes to switch to international brands, and the second dream of persuading Asian women to start smoking. If this happened, their markets would be enormous.
It would not matter if every smoker in Britain stopped smoking tomorrow if they could capture the massive Asian markets.
Also, Asia was becoming more affluent, so, it was easier for people to afford cigarettes.
Thirdly, when I wrote an article in the South China Morning Post on banning cigarette advertising, a tobacco giant came down on me and labelled me as “entirely unrepresentative and unaccountable”.
The tobacco industry claimed that they were the best source of information on tobacco and they even said it has not been proven that “illness was actually caused by smoking”.
I was so outraged that it was just one of those tipping points in life in 1984. Everything came together and I realised that I really had to work on prevention rather than cure.
Ever since, I have been working principally with governments on the policy level to try and get the tax and the laws in place in tobacco control.
Q: You are known as one of the three most dangerous people in the world by the tobacco industry. What do you have to say about this?
A: Well yes, I’m proud of that. The reason that I got that title was essentially location. I happen to be in Asia and the tobacco companies wanted Asia. They saw this region as their future, but I set about thwarting their goals.
I went early on to countries like China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia and more recently to North Korea upon learning that British American Tobacco had gone into the country to get laws in place.
Q: In campaigning against tobacco use, what are some of the challenges you have faced?
A: I have had many problems, and was subjected to verbal abuse and even had death threats from allies of the tobacco industry.
Twice, I was threatened by the tobacco industry publicly, saying they would take me to court.
Nothing came of it, so it was either an attempt to intimidate me or to cast doubt on my credibility in the minds of the public.
In a television interview in South Africa, I openly said “I’m not a suicidal type, and if I were to be found knocked down by a bus, you need to find out if the tobacco industry is behind it before you look anywhere else.” And the industry was apparently furious with me for saying that.
However, their tactic now is not so much to attack people individually, but to threaten governments.
They threaten them under Constitutional Law on the rights of their products to advertise, and on freedom of speech and they attack them under trade treaties.
This is intimidating to governments and it can cost anything up to US$50 million (RM214 million) to fight these threats.
Q: You were one of the key persons in formulating the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first international treaty on public health. Malaysia is currently drafting the Control of Tobacco and Smoking Bill after lobbying for it since 2004 and they have sought your expertise. What do you have to say about this?
A: If you look at Malaysia and Hong Kong, many of the things that these two jurisdictions have done in the last 30 years are similar, yet Hong Kong has managed to half its male smoking rate.
Hong Kong is down to 10 per cent smokers now, whereas prevalence rates in Malaysia have not really decreased (at around 22.8 per cent). I understand it is not something that can be done overnight.
But the fact that the prevalence has not decreased is either because the excise tax imposed on cigarettes is not high enough, or that the laws that have been passed are not being enforced. In the case of the tobacco bill, the tobacco industry has been an unseen hand behind the scenes.
Q: The Health Ministry plans to increase prices of cigarettes from RM17 to RM21.50 in the near future to deter people from smoking. Several industry players were quick to say that increasing the tax would only lead to increased sales of illicit cigarettes. Is this true? What is the link between the increase in excise tax and contraband cigarettes?
A: There is zero truth in this. This sounds to me suspiciously just like what the tobacco industry would say. Economists, tax, finance and customs officials know, or they should know, that putting up a tobacco tax is not related to any increase in smuggling.
Our Customs chief in Hong Kong, for example, had said quite categorically there is no relationship between the amount of tax that is put in place and smuggling, and that is the position of the WHO too. But the tobacco industry keeps repeating it so often that some governments have come to believe it.
This is one of their tactics. A United States-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) has been going around the world, saying “don’t put up the tax, otherwise, there will be a rise in illicit cigarettes”. What many governments do not realise is that it is funded by the tobacco industry.
Q: WHO proposes that the tax imposed on cigarettes should be at least 75 per cent of the retail price. How efficient would this be in reducing smoking prevalence particularly among Malaysia’s young as compared with other measures, such as school education programmes?
A: Ten experts from around the world were present at a conference held in Hong Kong and, each speaker was asked “If you have one thing to do in tobacco control, what would that be?” and every single one said “tax”. This is because higher prices make cigarettes unaffordable to young people.
Taxation is the most effective approach to controlling the spread of tobacco. Creating smoke-free areas is the second measure, followed by things like advertising bans and smoking cessation.
Some people say health education in schools is crucial. Certainly, everybody likes health education, but it has not been proven effective in bringing down the prevalence of youth smoking.
And you can tell it is not effective because the tobacco industry does not oppose it. They oppose tax increases, plain packaging and smoke-free areas. And because the tobacco industry fights them, we know these are the measures that work.
Q: What needs to be done to improve our health education programmes at schools?
A: School health promotion programmes do not work because traditionally they say that if you smoke, you will get cancer when you are 60 years or heart attack when you are 70 years. If you are only a 11-year-old child, it is totally meaningless.
We need to do much more to revitalise and revamp health promotion and health education. Smoking and non-smoking youth have, in fact, the same level of health knowledge about the harms of smoking. The difference between the two groups is whether they think smoking is cool or a dirty expensive habit.
We have got to make it attractive to be a non-smoker in the teenage years.
According to Professor Dr Judith Longstaff Mackay, creating smoke-free areas is an effective approach to controlling the spread of tobacco. File pix by Muhammad Hatim Ab Manan
Q: The Control of Tobacco and Smoking Bill currently being drafted would see the minimum age for buying cigarettes raised to 21 years old, ban on displaying tobacco products and making it illegal to smoke in vehicles with children inside, among others. How effective would this be in tackling smoking prevalence?
A: (People aged) 8 to 23 years is a vulnerable period. If you can stop children from smoking at this age, they are less likely to smoke. Whereas before that, they do not have the kind of mature judgment to analyse what it will mean to actually smoke.
The tobacco industry is very interested in youth and young adults because one has to only smoke 100 cigarettes and he or she will become lifelong smokers. It is so addictive.
Q: Besides health effects, what are the other impacts of cigarette smoking to the country and its people?
A: Two out of every three smokers die from cigarette smoking, so, you are losing skilled workers. One in every three fires in the world is caused by careless smoking.
There is also loss of productivity. Smokers go out for seven minutes to smoke. So, that’s seven minutes every time they smoke. Smokers are sicker and die on average a decade before non-smokers, so families lose their bread-winner.
There are medical and health costs. There is smoke damage to buildings and fabric.
And then there is a massive cost of cleaning up all the litter, billions of cigarette ends, packets, matches and lighters that are discarded every day in the world.
The tobacco industry claims that tobacco control would harm workers and farmers. This is not true. We have got so many projects now, including right in the heart of tobacco-growing in China showing that if farmers grow alternative crops they actually earn more.
The second fallacy is that if restaurants go smoke-free, they would lose revenue. Nowhere in the world has that happened. The revenue, including in Hong Kong and California, where they have introduced smoke-free policies, has gone up and not down.
Another fallacy is the government would lose money if it puts up the tax.
This does not happen. Some smokers will still pay more for cigarettes, so the revenue goes up. The number of smokers will come down particularly among the young and the poor.
There are so many economic fallacies that some non-governmental organisations propagate. Sometimes, governments almost innocently believe these economic arguments.
Q: If the situation is so dire, why can’t countries impose a blanket ban on cigarettes?
A: No country has put a blanket ban on cigarettes. Authorities have learnt from the prohibition of alcohol in the United States (1920-1933), for example, that it leads to much bigger implications particularly with crime and corruption cases.
So, the idea is to slowly push tobacco use back, so that the reduction is genuine and it is done throughout the community. This is what every government is really trying to do rather than actually ban it.
Q: Malaysia aims to be smoke-free (the End Game of Tobacco) by 2045. Are we moving in the right direction?
A: I strongly commend Malaysia for the foresight in establishing the 2045 goal and targets; few countries have yet to do this.
Recently the prevalence of male smokers has begun to decrease.
It is going to require a major commitment by the government and a huge effort by academia as well as non-governmental organisations in achieving this goal.
The Health Ministry has worked out a year-by-year plan of reducing prevalence up to 2045. It has developed a roadmap and has filled in what needs to be done each year to achieve the goal.
But it is not a quick process: if a country reduces its prevalence by one per cent a year, it is doing quite well.
So, it’s possible for Malaysia, but it will be challenging.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a luncheon hosted by the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce, where the Duke made a 6-minute speech.
“Catherine and I are delighted to be here on what is our first visit to Malaysia. We are particularly pleased that our visit is specifically to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen. Her dedication has been extraordinary to all her Realms; and to the Commonwealth of which Malaysia is such an important and influential member. My Grandmother told me that Malaysia would provide us with some wonderful experiences and unforgettable memories. And so indeed it has proved. Over these three days here in Kuala Lumpur and in Sabah, we are getting to learn more of the different cultures that make up this great nation and seeing for ourselves something of the fabulous natural heritage of this land. We would like to thank the Malaysian people for giving us this marvellous opportunity.The Queen has asked me to convey to the Malaysian people her deepest good wishes in this, her Diamond Jubilee Year. Thank you for this lunch, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for welcoming us to Malaysia...”
1-There are 5 world champion on the grid. The same amount of albums as Taylor has. Although the 6th may be upon us… The same goes for the amount of world champions on the grid, with Nico Rosberg the favourite to win the 2016 championship.
2-This isn’t the first time a member of Taylor’s squad has appeared at a Formula One race weekend. Gigi Hadid attended the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix as a guest of Lewis Hamilton.
3-F1 drivers can choose what number they are, with 1 reserved for the World Champion. 13 is no longer in use after Pastor Maldonado left last season.
22 is taken by 2009 Champion Jenson Button & there are 22 cars on the grid!
Sadly there is currently no 15 or 10 (Grammy wins) although her current age, 26 is a number used by Daniil Kvyat
4-There are 11 world championships between the 5 champions on the grid in 2016, the age at which Taylor went to Nashville
5-As of this date, Taylor has won 275 awards, only three drivers have achieved more race starts than this. Jenson Button has 301, the legendary Michael Schumacher started 306 whereas Rubens Barrichello started 322! (oh hey there is a 22 after all)
6-Taylor released her debut album at 16. However the youngest person to start a race is current driver Max Verstappen at 17.
7-Taylor’s worth is estimated upward of $240 million, however the average F1 team is worn $330 million!
8-Ok I lied, there is a 22. Mercedes F1 are one of the teams that have 22 people working in the pit crew. (Those that change the wheels during the pit stop) Mercedes employ 1300 people to work on both cars throughout the season!
9-Like Taylor, F1 goes all over the world. The season starts in Australia, they travel to Asia, visiting places like Malaysia, Japan and Singapore. They have many races in Europe with North America hosting the American and Canadian Grand Prix’s. Mexico and Brazil host two of the last few races, before the season ends in Abu Dhabi.
10-The most famous F1 team? Well that would be Ferrari, with a fanbase as passionate as Swifties, RED IS their colour. The Prancing Horse is regarded as perhaps the most prestigious Motorsport team in the whole world.
11: Taylor’s concert takes place on the Saturday. In Formula One, that’s the day of the final practice session of the weekend before Qualifying takes place to determine what position cars will start from on the Sunday. That Saturday? Well that would be 4 years since RED was released.
'BTS apologizes with cookies for late appearance at press conference in Malaysia'
BTS were praised by the Malaysian media when the group appeared late at the press conference for their concert in Kuala Lumpur.
The seven boys are currently visiting Malaysia for their Episode II: The Red Bullet world tour concert stop. Brought to Malaysian fans by concert organizer IME Productions, the concert itself will be held today (June 6th) at 6PM local time, but BTS greeted their fans during the Hello fanmeet session and the press the day before.
The Hello session with fans was scheduled to start at 6.30PM, while the media session at 8PM. Due to the tight schedule, BTS was not able to make it in time for the second schedule. The press conference started around an hour late, at 9PM, and lasted for about 30 minutes.
The press who were present were impressed by their manners as leader Rap Monster also relayed his apologies in English on behalf of the team. “Thank you so much for welcoming us, we love everything in Malaysia. We practiced so hard for this concert, please come see us tomorrow. Sorry for this late delay and thank you coming here again. Thank you so much, we are BTS.”
Faizah elegantly draped in ‘Love To Dress’ near the Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If you remember I posted a snap I snagged of Wak Doyok in this same locations some months ago during a visit to Malaysia. Great spot for photos!
Zakwan Anuar had turned fifteen a couple of days before meeting the Duchess during her visit to Hospis Malaysia in 2012. Despite being terminally ill with leukemia, he postponed a blood transfusion to be able to meet her. Catherine signed his birthday card, and said he was “very, very brave” and “very handsome.” At the time, his mother said: “Zakwan is normally very sleepy and in pain, crying, almost giving up hope, but today, my God, it was as if the leukaemia had gone. He is in more pain because he put off his blood transfusion and he needed a lot of painkillers, but I don’t see the need for that now. God bless her. I cannot repay that kindness.”
Zakwan died just two weeks later, after which the Duke and Duchess issued a joint statement that said they were “saddened to hear of Zakwan’s death. Their thoughts are with his family.”
Most of these are pretty famous. You can take this as a masterlist for places to set your roleplay in but mainly I would recommend it for road trip/travel/summer type roleplays. The comments beside each section are not my own and taken from people online who know more about the places and/or Wikipedia articles.
Indah Nada Puspita By: Langston Hues Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia #modeststreetfashion #modestfashion
It was a great pleasure to meet Indah. She’s originally from Indonesia but currently living in Germany. She was hoping to photograph with me for Modest Street Fashion in Indonesia, but was unable to make it there during the time frame I was in Indonesia photographing. She contacted me with heaps of enthusiasm about this project, and expressed her concerns of not being able to make it to shoot in Indonesia, so we devised a plan.
Indah instead flew to Indonesia from Germany during my visit to Kuala Lumpr, Malaysia. Thereafter, before I departed from Malaysia, Indah flew up to Kuala Lumpur after arriving in Indonesia from Germany, and met up with a group of us whom I was already photographing with. She had all her luggage with her, and was ready to photograph. This is one of the many photographs I was able to capture of Indah in Kuala Lumpur.
We were two visitors to a foreign country creating international art! Thank you again Indah for the great excitement and esteem that you hold for this project!
Please tell us about your travels to Far East Asia. What was your favourite place to visit there?
My trip to Southeast Asia was a very hectic and strenuous trip. Covering Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia in less than a month was one of the craziest experiences I’ve ever had. I remember having to cancel my bus ride into Singapore the night before and take a plane there because they were going to use a complicated baggage scanner that would ruin my film when I went through immigration at the bus station.
It was a lot for an 18 year old who was used to photographing trees in state parks. Regardless, I would have done it again in a heartbeat. I think my favorite place to visit was Malaysia because I had more opportunities to explore the mountains and the nature that encompasses Malaysia, whereas I was mostly stuck in the city in Thailand and Singapore.
I have been pretty productive off late despite the maddening work schedules, the lack of sleep and leisure times, I managed to squeeze in a short trip away from the tiny Red Dot.
While the rest of you wallow and nursing your Monday blues, I woke up to the magnificent chill air, relaxed and ready to jumpstart my day. I can’t exactly remember when was the last time I was at Genting Highlands, maybe more than 10 years ago. I remember going there as a kid and I remember that the theme park vividly as a magical place. So, yes, I can’t wait to conquer every ride there is in the theme park…..well……until I found out that the entire theme park had been torn down! Imagine the horror that awaits me! Nonetheless, the view of the mountain is still magnificent.
Where the theme park used to stand. If it’s still standing, it’s directly outside my hotel room. What a waste.
Anyhow, these views totally made up for the sinking feeling I felt when i first found out that the theme park is gone for awhile.
What else is there to do if theme park is out. Casino is the next best option. Most people would tell you, Casino should be the primary reason why you made an 8-hr journey from the tiny Red Dot, but not for me. I can count the number of times I had set foot in a Casino. The prospect of walking around watching people aimlessly sitting by the betting table hoping for their next big win is not something that I look forward to. I could never understand the thrill these betters feel when their numbers are called and their triumphant feeling of victory.
If you haven’t been to any of the casinos in Genting, I suggest you stay away, unless of course your past time is to soak up the second hand smokes and give your lungs some exercise to check if they are in fact working and helping your breathe better after.
Not only are the casinos smelt, these betters are too. I was told some actually stayed there for 7 days/nights straight without leaving their seats or showered or have meals. Everyone told the same story, once they had their windfall, they would leave for good. None did! Why am I not surprised.
Anyhow, in the midst of gloom and smog, look what I found, this actually thrilled me. Okay, I am a little different if you can tell by now.