#khabarbaik This January

All the positive buzz that conquered the start of the year

The new year has arrived, bringing great enthusiasm for the future and timeless stories recounted from the past. We figured that it’d be best if we usher in the new decade with a compilation of the best 5 #khabarbaik that happened in January 2020.

1. Oscar-worthy contender

Winning an Oscar is every filmmaker’s ultimate goal. For Malaysian producers Poh Si Teng and Cheyenne Tan, their cherished dream may just come true, as their documentary St. Louis Superman has been shortlisted for Best Documentary (Short Subject) at the 2020 Oscars – out of a pool of 96 short documentaries.

Tan, who hails from Kuching, is the co-producer. Her adventure into documentaries started when she answered an ad on Craigslist for a journalist/documentary filmmaker’s assistant.

Meanwhile, this is not Penangite Poh’s first time taking the limelight. During her stint at The New York Times, she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Interview for the documentary Flirting with the Islamic State in 2016. Her directorial debut was a Malaysian documentary titled Pecah Lobang.

2. Claim your RM30!

Malaysians aged 18 years and above with an annual income of less than RM100,000 can qualify for the e-Tunai Rakyat programme which deposits RM30 from the government through one of three e-wallet operators – GrabPay, Boost, and Touch ‘n Go eWallet. The RM30 can be used for all products and services provided through the operator’s platform.

The e-Tunai Rakyat initiative was developed to encourage more digital payments among consumers and traders, especially in the retail sector. The e-wallet operators will also add to the RM30 free money from the government by giving their own incentives. This means that through this initiative, eligible Malaysians will receive more than RM30. Bestnya!

Do take note that the RM30 must be spent between 15 January and 14 March.

3. Chinese citizen gifts 500 masks to police

In the middle of all the hysteria surrounding Wuhan and the coronavirus, one story surfaced online, demonstrating that the sense of love and humanity still exists within us in times of crisis.

A rare CCTV footage recorded a man giving a local Anhui police station a few mystery boxes that turned out to contain about 500 masks for the police officers. He managed to thank them for their services before sprinting away.

The officers didn’t get to properly thank the man, so they gave him a proper salute.

4. Sabah man announced challenge to climb Mount Kinabalu backwards for his community

Mount Kinabalu is one of the tallest mountains in South East Asia, and not everyone is fit to hike all the way up to the top. But Edward Taning, a man diagnosed with cerebral palsy, announced recently that he will be climbing Mount Kinabalu, but backwards!

The farmer from Kampung Mangkaladom, Kiulu said that he’s taking on this challenge to raise RM500,000 for the community in Ranau, Sabah. Proceeds from the project, called ‘Edward Gostaning Project Summit Kinabalu Jasamu Dikenang’, will go towards purchasing a bus for the disabled in Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti Ranau, funding for Asrama Malim Gunung Kinabalu and building a school hall in SK Bundu Tuhan.

We wish you the best of luck, Edward!

5. TM launches unifi Travel Pass with unlimited data for tourists

Enjoy seamless connectivity throughout the country with unifi Travel Pass, the new prepaid travel SIM issued by unifi. Aimed exclusively at international tourists, this handy mobile service is born out of a collaboration with Tourism Malaysia for the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 (VMY2020) campaign.

The Travel Pass comes in two options: the 7-day pass sold at RM30 and the 15-day pass sold at RM60. Both passes offer similar features, namely unlimited high-speed data as well as RM5 pre-loaded airtime credit, with calls at 20 sen per minute and SMS at 10 sen each.