Online Shopping vs In-store Shopping, Which is Better?

Online Shopping vs In-store Shopping, Which is Better?

Online Shopping vs In-store Shopping, Which is Better?

The way we purchase our necessities is evolving. In this era, we have the option to either purchase it online or at a shop. If we have free time, we could easily go to a shopping mall to buy what we need. However, if we are too busy for that, we can just make the purchase online.

It is true that making a purchase online is faster, more convenient and the choices are limitless, However, bear in mind some things that are found online may not look as perfect as we thought it would be. This can be seen with the countless cases that we have heard or read where the items bought were not as good as what they painted on the sites. Therefore, we should take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing online and purchasing at a shop.

Shop Online
PROS
  • No delivery charges.
  • Don’t need to wait for the items to arrive.
  • Can assess the quality of the items yourself.
  • Various choices of brands for one product.
  • Prices are more competitive
CONS
  • Lack of choices for brands
  • Highly likely the prices are more expensive compared to the ones sold online
  • Not able to look at the quality of the items bought.
  • Has delivery charges.
  • Has to wait for the goods to arrive at the house
  • There is a chance of getting an imitation of the original item

For goods that are used on a daily basis, it would be wiser to buy it straight from a shop. You will be able to immediately assess the quality, price, as well as the brand of the goods and the best part, is, there is no delivery cost involved. It can only be free if the goods were bought by yourself right?

Let’s look at MR. D.I.Y. to compare the prices whether is it worth to buy it from a shop or online for any goods that you are looking for. Here are a few items that we can compare using price.

Product MR. D.I.Y. Online Seller A Online Seller B
Document Bag

RM0.70
No delivery cost
Document Bag Brand CBE

RM3.82
Delivery cost RM5.00(West Malaysia)/ RM10.30(Sarawak)/ RM10.30(Sabah)
A4 Button Document Bag

RM1.00
Delivery cost (RM7.00(West Malaysia)/ RM10.00 (Sarawak)/ RM12.00(Sabah)
Women Socks

RM1.90
No delivery cost
Socks Brand ELENXS

RM9.47
Delivery cost RM5.00(West Malaysia)/ RM10.30(Sarawak)/ RM10.30(Sabah)
Socks

RM1.50
Delivery cost RM5.77(West Malaysia)/ RM11.97(Sarawak)/ RM11.97(Sabah)
Kitchen Anti-Oil Sticker

RM1.70
No delivery cost
High Quality Home Proof Temperature Anti Oil Sticker

RM7.70
Delivery cost RM7.99(All over Malaysia)
Fashion Kitchen Anti Oil Sticker

RM6.50
Delivery cost RM6.00(West Malaysia)/ RM9.00(Sarawak)/ RM9.00(Sabah)
4 Tier Shoe Rack

RM8.50
No delivery cost
Shoe Rack Brand Sokano

RM22.90
Delivery cost Free(West Malaysia)/ RM5.30(Sabah)/ RM5.30(Sarawak)
Shoe Rack

RM10.90
Delivery cost RM7.00(West Malaysia)/ RM15.00(Sarawak)/ RM15.00(Sabah)
Ironing Board

RM29.90
No delivery cost
Ironing Board Brand 3V

RM29.70
Delivery cost Free(West Malaysia)/ RM5.30(Sarawak)/ RM5.30(Sabah)
Ironing Board Brand ZIB88

RM32.90
Delivery cost RM7.00(West Malaysia)/ RM80.00(Sarawak)/ RM80.00(Sabah)
Water Bottle 500ml

RM8.50
No delivery cost
Water Bottle OEM Brand

RM12.32
Free postage
Water Bottle Korean Brand

RM9.90
Delivery cost RM8.00(West Malaysia)/ RM11.00(Sarawak)/ RM11.00(Sabah)
Lava A4 Drawer

RM19.50
No delivery cost
Lava A4 Drawer

RM39.90
Free postage
Lava A4 Drawer

RM29.90
Delivery cost RM6.00(West Malaysia)/ RM14.00(Sarawak)/ RM14.00 (Sabah)
Flexi Wall Sink Tap

RM25.90
No delivery cost
Flexi Wall Sink Tap Brand Yes+Plus

RM50.00
Delivery cost Free(West Malaysia)/ RM5.30(Sarawak)/ RM5.30(Sabah)
Flexi Wall Sink Tap Brand VARENO

RM59.00
Delivery cost RM9.00(West Malaysia)/ RM17.00(Sarawak)/ RM17.00(Sabah)

We took some items and compared it with products which are similar but selling online. Every product will be compared against 2 other brands that can be bought online. From here, we will have a clear answer as to whether purchasing at a shop or online is better. Without further ado, let’s compare one by one every product mentioned above.

The way we purchase our necessities is evolving. In this era, we have the option to either purchase it online or at a shop. If we have free time, we could easily go to a shopping mall to buy what we need. However, if we are too busy for that, we can just make the purchase online.

It is true that making a purchase online is faster, more convenient and the choices are limitless, However, bear in mind some things that are found online may not look as perfect as we thought it would be. This can be seen with the countless cases that we have heard or read where the items bought were not as good as what they painted on the sites. Therefore, we should take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing online and purchasing at a shop.

Shop Online
PROS
  • No delivery charges.
  • Don’t need to wait for the items to arrive.
  • Can assess the quality of the items yourself.
  • Various choices of brands for one product.
  • Prices are more competitive
CONS
  • Lack of choices for brands
  • Highly likely the prices are more expensive compared to the ones sold online
  • Not able to look at the quality of the items bought.
  • Has delivery charges.
  • Has to wait for the goods to arrive at the house
  • There is a chance of getting an imitation of the original item

For goods that are used on a daily basis, it would be wiser to buy it straight from a shop. You will be able to immediately assess the quality, price, as well as the brand of the goods and the best part, is, there is no delivery cost involved. It can only be free if the goods were bought by yourself right?

Let’s look at MR. D.I.Y. to compare the prices whether is it worth to buy it from a shop or online for any goods that you are looking for. Here are a few items that we can compare using price.

Product MR. D.I.Y. Online Seller A Online Seller B
Document Bag
RM0.70
No delivery cost
Document Bag Brand CBE

RM3.82
Delivery cost
RM5.00(West Malaysia)/
RM10.30(Sarawak)/
RM10.30(Sabah)
A4 Button Document Bag

RM1.00
Delivery cost
(RM7.00(West Malaysia)/
RM10.00 (Sarawak)/
RM12.00(Sabah)
Women Socks
RM1.90
No delivery cost
Socks Brand ELENXS
RM9.47
Delivery cost
RM5.00(West Malaysia /
RM10.30(Sarawak)/
RM10.30(Sabah)
Socks
RM1.50
Delivery cost
RM5.77(West Malaysia)/
RM11.97(Sarawak)/
RM11.97(Sabah)
Kitchen Anti-Oil Sticker

RM1.70
No delivery cost
High Quality Home Proof Temperature Anti Oil Sticker

RM7.70
Delivery cost
RM7.99(All over Malaysia)
Fashion Kitchen Anti Oil Sticker

RM6.50
Delivery cost
RM6.00(West Malaysia)/
RM9.00(Sarawak)/
RM9.00(Sabah)
4 Tier Shoe Rack

RM8.50
No delivery cost
Shoe Rack Brand Sokano

RM22.90
Free (West malaysia)/
RM5.30(Sabah)/
RM5.30(Sarawak)
Shoe Rack

RM10.90
Delivery cost
RM7.00(West Malaysia)/
RM15.00(Sarawak)/
RM15.00(Sabah)
Ironing Board

RM29.90
No delivery cost
Ironing Board Brand 3V

RM29.70
Delivery cost
Free (West malaysia)/
RM5.30(Sarawak)/
RM5.30(Sabah)
Ironing Board Brand ZIB88

RM32.90
Delivery cost
RM7.00(West Malaysia)/
RM80.00(Sarawak)/
RM80.00(Sabah)
Water Bottle 500ml

RM8.50
No delivery cost
Water Bottle OEM Brand

RM12.32
Free postage
Water Bottle Korean brand

RM9.90
Delivery cost
RM8.00(West Malaysia)/
RM11.00(Sarawak)/
RM11.00(Sabah)
Lava A4 Drawer

RM19.50
No delivery cost
Lava A4 Drawer

RM39.90
Free postage
Lava A4 Drawer

RM29.90
Delivery cost
RM6.00(West Malaysia)/
RM14.00(Sarawak)/
RM14.00 (Sabah)
Flexi Wall Sink Tap

RM25.90
No delivery cost
Flexi Wall Sink Tap Brand Yes+Plus

RM50.00
Delivery cost
Free (West malaysia)/
RM5.30(Sarawak)/
RM5.30(Sabah)
Flexi Wall Sink Tap Brand VARENO

RM59.00
Delivery cost
RM9.00(West Malaysia)/
RM17.00(Sarawak)/
RM17.00(Sabah)

We took some items and compared it with products which are similar but selling online. Every product will be compared against 2 other brands that can be bought online. From here, we will have a clear answer as to whether purchasing at a shop or online is better. Without further ado, let’s compare one by one every product mentioned above.

1.Document Bag

RM 0.70

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

Document bag is very useful when it comes to storing all your important printed documents. It’s only selling for RM0.70 at MR. D.I.Y. compared to CBE’s document bag (RM3.82) and A4 document bag (RM1.00) which are selling online as well. Not only it does not charge any delivery cost, the document bag which is selling at MR. D.I.Y. also the cheapest on the internet.

2. Women Socks

RM 1.90

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

At MR. D.I.Y., women socks are selling at a price of RM1.90 only compared to the brand ELENXS (RM9.47) and the non-branded socks (RM1.50). The price of the non-branded socks is indeed cheaper at first sight but after delivery cost (RM5.77/RM11.97), the price will become higher.

3. Kitchen Anti-Oil Sticker

RM 1.70

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

Those who rarely enter the kitchen may not know the purpose of these stickers. These stickers are used to prevent the any oil splattered due to cooking from staining the wall and is usually stick on the kitchen wall. The anti-oil sticker is selling at the price of RM1.70 only compared to High Quality Home Proof Temperature Anti-Oil Sticker (RM7.70) and Fashion Kitchen Anti-Oil Sticker (RM6.50).

4. 4 Tier Shoe Rack

RM 8.50

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

We heard this is one of the many items that are considered to be the best-selling at MR. D.I.Y. The shoe rack is selling at a cost of RM8.50 only while the brand Sokano is selling at RM19.90 and a non-branded shoe rack is RM11.50 online. Because of its low price, might as well buy it immediately from MR. D.I.Y. You can use it straight away and start organising your shoes.

5. Ironing Board

RM 29.90

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

It is selling at a price of RM29.90 at MR. D.I.Y. compared to the brand 3V (RM32.90) and ZIB88 (RM32.90). There is no other contrasting comparison that could be found for this item. At the end, it is your decision to whether buy it online or at a shop.

6. Water Bottle 500ml

RM 8.50

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

A 500ml bottle water is selling at the price of RM8.50 at MR. D.I.Y. The bottle water with the exact same capacity of water storage is selling at RM12.32 (OEM)  and RM9.90 (Korean brand). Although the water bottle from OEM offers free delivery cost, MR. D.I.Y. is still the cheapest and the most worth it to purchase.

7. Lava A4 Drawer

RM 19.50

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

Lava A4 Drawer is selling at the price of RM19.50 at MR. D.I.Y. whereas an A4 Drawer with the same brand is selling at RM39.90 and RM29.90 online. The same item with the same brand but with contrasting prices are selling online. It is obvious that MR. D.I.Y. has no competition when it comes to price.

8. Flexi Wall Sink Tap

RM 25.90

Online Seller A

Online Seller B

Have you ever tried to fix a leaking faucet yourself? MR. D.I.Y. sells good quality faucet at the price of RM25.90 compared to the brand Yes+Plus (RM50.00) and another brand VARENO (RM59.00). Looking from price and quality perspective, MR. D.I.Y. is the most worth it to buy.

Now that we have compared, buying online is obviously cheaper and the choices are endless but the cost for each item will be more expensive after including delivery costs. It would not make sense to buy a pair of socks for RM1.50 but to have incurred an additional cost of RM6 for delivery cost right?

In conclusion, you can get a better deal if it was bought from a shop. Every item in the shop can be assessed by our own eyes and the quality can be judged immediately. When purchasing an electrical item, we could even try it to know whether it was functioning well.

Every item that has been used to compare above is according to MR. D.I.Y.’s “Poket Selamat 3” promotion. Not only these 8 items are on promotion but there are 50 more other great products that are also included in the “Poket Selamat 3”.

At MR. D.I.Y., every item does not incur the delivery cost and you don’t need to wait for days for the items to be sent to your house. MR. D.I.Y. offers a variety of products to choose from and they are all the best of quality that can be found on the market. Don’t believe it? Go ahead and take a look yourself at MR. D.I.Y. shops near you now.

The “Poket Selamat 3” promotion at MR. D.I.Y. will start from 1 – 31 August 2017. Save the date and don’t miss the chance to get quality items at the lowest price!

Malaysia’s 14th General Election: THE BIG ISSUES

Malaysia’s 14th General Election: THE BIG ISSUES

ANNOUNCING NEW BOOK!

The book is yours for FREE if you subscribe or renew your Malaysiakini subscription for 1 year at RM150 from October 09 to 20.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Malaysia’s 14th general election will no doubt be fought between a Barisan Nasional coalition that boasts its sixty years of “stable rule” and a Pakatan Rakyat coalition calling on the electorate to “save Malaysia” from the BN’s kleptocracy. Malaysian voters will likely be treated to tirades about current scandals including 1MDB, as well as past scandals, now that the former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir has joined the Opposition. But what are the big issues of this election?

This book, a compilation of the author’s recent writings, discusses the important issues confronting Malaysian society today. If any sustainable democratic progress is to be made in this country, it is crucial that voters are informed and demand that candidates and their parties clarify their stand on these issues well before Election Day. The author, Kua Kia Soong concludes with an alternative programme for Malaysia that is both inclusive and progressive – ‘Manifesto of the 99%’ by The Left Coalition, to transcend the years of corruption, neo-liberal capitalism and lack of democracy. Failure to learn the lessons of the last sixty years of BN rule will condemn the country to a further dysfunctional future for the vast majority of Malaysians.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Kua Kia Soong is a director of SUARAM. He was arrested under the Internal Security Act during “Operation Lalang” in 1987 and detained for 445 days without trial. Upon his release in 1989, he helped to found SUARAM (Suara Rakyat Malaysia), the leading human rights organization in Malaysia.

Together with other civil rights activists, he joined the Opposition Front in 1990 and was elected Opposition Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya from 1990 to 1995. He was prisoner of conscience for a second time in 1996 when he spent seven days in prison with other activists for organizing the Second Asia Pacific Conference on East Timor which was disrupted by a mob from the ruling coalition.

He was the Principle of the New Era College, a non-profit tertiary-level institution run by the Chinese education movement (2000-2008); Director of Huazi Research Center set up by the Malaysian Chinese community (1985-90) and Academic Adviser to the Independent Chinese Secondary Schools (1983-85).

Kua received his BA Econ (1975), MA Econ (1976) and PhD in Sociology (1981) from Manchester University, UK. He was a lecturer in sociology at the National University of Singapore in 1978-79.

CONTENTS

Part 1: Questioning Pakatan Harapan

  • Saving Malaysia: From Reformism To Opportunism
  • Is the Anti-Najib Coalition A United Front?
  • Do Harapan Politicians Speak For All ISA Detainees?
  • Pakatan’s Unacceptable Tolerance Of Corruption
  • Policyless ‘Pakatun’ Parties
  • Mahathir’s ‘Bumi-Only’ Party Neither Civil Nor Hopeful
  • The Chief Minister’s Blame Frame
  • Time to Limit Terms For All Elected Officials
  • Voting According To One’s Conscience
  • Never Lose Your Dignity, Anwar Ibrahim
  • I Would Prefer Kit Siang As Attorney-General
  • Kak Wan: Eternal Interim Whatever
  • Najib Merely Modeling Mahathir on Foreign Investments
  • Those Were The Days of Hope

Part 2: Questioning Barisan Nasional

  • Aye To RCI’s On 1MDB, Forex Losses And BMF Scandals
  • Malaysia Transforming into A Police State
  • Does A Critical Thinking Society Ban A Course On Marxism?
  • The Malaysian State’s Assorted Phobias
  • Have Non-Malays Always Shunned The Security Forces?
  • Time To Ditch Narrow National Cultural Policy
  • What’s UEC Recognition Got To Do With Sovereignty?
  • Making Sense Of Rather Petrifying Raja Petra
  • Tribunal Findings On 1965 Indonesian Genocide
  • Is NCC2 A Step Forward For Our Nation?
  • Lay Off Malaysiakini & BERSIH
  • How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria With SOSMA?
  • Ineffectual Enforcement & Selective Prosecutions
  • Is BRIM Corruption Or Crass Populism?
  • Keep The Constitution Secular And Inclusive
  • What Are Malaysia’s Defence Priorities?

Conclusion: Manifesto Of The 99%* By The Left Coalition

What The Readers Say

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Dr Ariffin Omar, Former lecturer at Universiti Sains Malaysia

“This timely book by Dr. Kua Kia Soong will not only stand the test of time but will remain a classic reference for years to come… It will be a hard struggle for Malaysians to take back the country from the hands of corrupt and indifferent politicians. Yet we must fight on and Kua has given clear pointers of the issues that we must confront and resolve.”

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Fuad Rahmat, Business FM

“Finally, an honest and critical look into what Malaysians can expect for the next general elections. Kua writes with verve and profundity, raising difficult questions but always in the end grounded on the conviction that a better world is possible. He speaks truth to power. Look no further for the right balance of academic inquiry and accessibility.”

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Gayathry Venkiteswaran - Centre for Independent Journalism

“Kua’s book is a must read for his critical and valuable analysis of the political, economic and social landscapes shaping Malaysia. He challenges the neo-liberal framework that has defined the policies of both the ruling government and opposition political parties, and offers a very much needed inspiration for the way forward.”

The book is yours for FREE if you subscribe or renew your Malaysiakini subscription for 1 year at RM150 from October 09 to 20.

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Appeal for lighting up a Ranau village

Appeal for lighting up a Ranau village

Appeal for lighting up a Ranau village

Public Appeal

To raise fund for a hydro project that can bring light to a remote village in the interior of Sabah, Kg Pakolen, Ranau-some 5 hours drive from the state capital Kota Kinabalu. The hydro project is aimed at generating 7.5kw to cater for 20 houses in the marginalised village. Since most urbanites will complain loudly even if we suffer black out for a few minutes we hope that you can feel for the deprivation of these villagers who have to live with it for decades!

Villagers’ Effort

Some of the villagers had tried to design and install their own hydro -but failed to go beyond providing for a few houses and for limited time of the day. They therefore request outside help-which we responded. up to 1/3 of Borneo’s villagers live without lighting from main grid electric supply.

Progress of Project

We have conducted 2 recce trips to collect data on the water source and the villagers so far. We have come out with a design, a budget-and now it is time to raise the fund so we can purchase the material needed, fabricate the hydro machine, and pay for logistics to send material to the village. We call upon all caring Malaysians to help us bring light to these dark villages around the country-so, in the long term, all citizens are able to access this very basic amenity!

How you can help:

1. Donation

The budget for the project is RM45k. It will only take 500 donors to chip in Rm90.00 each to reach the target! Let’s start from today! To donate please bank into our official account:

Lightup Borneo PLT; Public Bank, Account number: 3182753709

We will update readers of the collection daily to keep you updated on our progress!

2. Volunteer

You are welcome to volunteer for the full 4 day installation or part of it to join villagers in:

  • Providing labor(installing pipes, wiring), villagers will not be enough to handle the job by themselves;
  • Provide logistic support. eg transport, cooking etc;
  • Do documentation etc.
  • We can pick up volunteers who fly in at KKIA airport. We will transport volunteers from KK or Ranau to go to the village and return.
    Accommodation will be at a small community hall, a couple of villagers’ house and camping.
    Meals will be provided to volunteers – but volunteers need to take turn to cook or form a cooking team.
    What to bring for volunteers: sleeping bag, raincoat, warm cloth, tracking shoes, insect repellent, torch light, power banks/batteries.

    3. Promotion

    Feel free to repost/share/forward this appeal to all your friends/social media so that we can beat the deadline to raise the fund needed to purchase the material/pay logistics for the project!We hope that Malaysians can come together to further our campaign to bring light to dark communities around the country.

    Light for all! All for light!

    Blueair unveils revamped product range

    Blueair unveils revamped product range

    Blueair unveils revamped new classic product range, better performing, sleeker and with clean air intelligence inside.

    First unveiled during the IFA Berlin2015 tech show the much anticipated revamped Classic range is now available in Malaysia since April 2017.

    Complete with a new built-in intelligent air monitoring system called ‘Aware’, a more convenient user interface, improved clean air delivery rates, and new design features enabling improved airflow and quieter operation to ensure that your home is safe from pollutants.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that Europe’s air pollution cost in 2010 alone is a staggering 1.6 trillion US dollars, as a result of the approximately 600,000 deaths and diseases it caused.

    “Blueair’s new technology puts people in control of the air they breathe and makes healthy living and improved well being as effortless as having a robot vacuum cleaner. The Blueair Classic minimizes triggers for people who suffer from allergies and asthma by cleaning indoor air from 99.97 percent of all pollutants, which is great news for our customers and those they care for,”

    said Karin Kruse, Global Product Marketing Manager

    In a report, the WHO estimated that about 7 million people worldwide died as a result of air pollution exposure in 2012 alone. South-East Asia and the Western Pacific areas are the regions in which health is most affected by air pollution, with approximately 3.3 million deaths linked to indoor air pollution and 2.6 million to outdoor air pollution.

    Concentrations of many samples of air contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are also consistently higher indoors than outdoors. An EPA study covering six communities in various parts of the US found indoor VOC levels up to 10 times higher than outdoors, even in locations with significant outdoor air pollution sources, such as petrochemical plants.

    The Blueair Classic air purifier has been designed to protect you and your family from deadly pollutants inside your home.

    The enhanced features of the new Classic also includes a more energy-efficient motor as well as a user-friendly interface under a top lid that flips open to reveal the electronic display indicating when a filter needs changing, a WiFi indicator, operating speed indicator and indicators showing levels of PM2.5 dust and VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) in the indoor air.

    “The new edition of the Blueair Classic reflects our commitment in leveraging connected home opportunities to make it easier for homeowners and businesses alike to benefit from cleaner, healthier air as they move through their day,”

    said Karin Kruse.

    She said the enhancements and benefits offered by Blueair’s latest iteration of its Classic product line reflects customer insight that air purifiers should be mobile, non-intrusive and capable of working while a person sleeps, jogs, eats, works, prepares food or reads a magazine while commuting.

    In a nutshell, Blueair’s Classic air purifiers are easy to configure, easy to maintain, and perform excellently. It is a no-brainer choice for air purifiers currently offered in the market. Blueair offers a literal plug and play solution that is essential for all homes and indoor spaces. The New Classic product line now comes with 6 different models to match all space requirements and easily available throughout nation via 43 different locations.

    Visit Blueair to learn more how to breath better

    Will Uber and Airbnb be given a free hand in Malaysia?

    Will Uber and Airbnb be given a free hand in Malaysia?

    Will Uber and Airbnb be given a free hand in Malaysia?

    written by CY Ming

    While the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) had drawn up plans to regulate ride-hailing services such as Uber by proposing amendments to relevant laws for tabling in Parliament next month, there had been no announcement on private shelters used for renting out for a fee.

    Local authorities must wake up from their slumber as other countries in the region are much more proactive in dealing with the sharing economy.

    For example, the Singapore government was among the first to embrace it and Temasek had invested into Grab, similar to Khazanah investing in Uber. The city state is also hosting the Asian headquarters for Uber and Airbnb.

    But Singapore authorities could see that such services are disruptive and could deteriorate if given a free hand, and has taken measures to keep them in line.

    All Singaporean Uber and Grab drivers are required to obtain a vocational licence. Those without may be fined or jailed.

    The ride-hailing company can be suspended for up to a month after three of its drivers are caught without proper licence or insurance, and enforcement is strict on the island.

    In Malaysia, all ride-hailing drivers would also be required to obtain a vocational licence, which may be called public driver licence (PDL) or public service driver (PSD) licence, after they are regulated from next month.

    These PDL or PSD licences will replace the current public service vehicle (PSV) licences issued by the Road Transport Department for taxi and bus drivers.

    In South Korea and Japan, authorities have limited Uber’s operations, while its service in Taiwan was suspended.

    In Singapore, officials have the right to force their way into homes to check whether residents are renting them out illegally, as local laws do not allow private properties to be rented out for less than six months.

    In Malaysia, no enforcement agency has stepped forward to take the lead in addressing a potential time bomb. Needless to say, there will be plenty of finger pointing should many guests perish in a fire at one of the shelters booked through Airbnb.

    Uber and Airbnb are facing increasing scrutiny by regulators globally and these new economy businesses are throwing up unprecedented growth challenges.

    The sharing economy business is headed for explosive growth from around US$15 billion last year to an estimated US$335 billion by 2025.

    Our regulators should not be caught flat-footed as many of them appear to be in suspended animation while licensed hotel operators are pulling their hairs out over Airbnb.

    Don’t suffer in silence

    Don’t suffer in silence

    Don't suffer in silence

    Praise Maukazuva, 21 February 2017

    1 in 4 women experience Domestic Violence during her lifetime and more than half of these women have children that watch them helplessly as they are abused.

    Repercussions of Domestic Violence vary from woman to woman depending on the type abuse they would have experienced. It can be from their partners, members of the family or total strangers.

    The different types of abuse are:

    Physical This includes Slapping, hitting, kicking, choking, restraining or any other torture that involves human contact.
    Emotional In this type of abuse comes intimidation, degradation, being yelled at or being given a silent treatment. This will also lower their self esteem.
    Sexual Sexual activity without her consent and without any contraceptives.
    Verbal When you are being called names, being accused of doing things that you haven’t done, when for example your spouse lies to you.
    Social Yes! This is actually a form of abuse, that includes a lot of things like a controlling husband, being ill treated in the public or stalking you wherever and whatever you do.
    Financial Financial abuse varies from not being able to support the family making them starve, Or it’s the woman who is working but her money is being used by her husband for things that do not benefit the family.
    Human Trafficking Although this stands as another different and serious issue, it still remains a type of abuse, as women are forced work in terrible conditions as prostitutes, servants or in farming areas. They are often beaten up, drugged and starved. If she refuses, her children will be at risk.

    According to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital Emergency and Trauma Department, 4000 cases have been reported from January 2016 to January 2017 in Malaysia. With the highest of 498 in Selangor and most cases reported from Malays compared to Indians and Chinese.

    Apparently reports have increased rapidly compared to other years. This is because more people have become aware of Domestic Violence as a crime, and are now reporting.

    Examples of Malaysians who suffered recent domestic violence are Ana and Shona Roy.

    Ana experienced domestic violence for 13 years. Her husband forced her to stop working and he treated her like a slave. She faced physical abuse and the only thing that made her endure all this was for her two sons. Read more

    Shona Roy was married to a Saudi-Arabian man, and endure domestic violence for 8 years. The husband was cheating, violent to the extent that he chased her around with a knife, refused her custody of her children and then tried to kidnap them from the hands of their mother.

    Shona Sinha Roy // image via says.com

    Imagine the pain that these two women have endured. Would you want to suffer the same fate? Take not, it can happen to anyone. That brings us to the next issue, how can we stop Domestic Violence. In Order for us to prevent this trivial issue we need to be aware of the causes.

    Remember, the abused is not the cause of the problem. It is the abuser who is in total control and who takes full responsibility for us.

    Abusive relationships, early marriages and violence make women susceptible in marriage. They will not have the courage to say no to an abusive husband. In cases where there are financial problems and employment is scarce, they are scared they will not be able to take care of their children so they’d rather be abused and have their children safe.

    Those that stay in an abusive relationship for the sake of their children are making the biggest mistakes of their lives, and also their children’s lives because they are greater chances that your children will also resort to Domestic Violence thinking it’s a normal way of living.

    But is it fair for women to be caught in such a dilemma, and in this day in age? No matter how many times women beg for help, society turns a blind eye to them, families put pressure on them, and people around trampled on them, make them realized that they don’t have a voice in this world. But after all, they’re still living and fighting for themselves until now. Their perseverance is admirable though they were treated badly. Without women, can the world be advanced like this? And why must these unfortunate people suffer severe consequences and unjust though they have devoted a lot for humanity?

    In conclusion, violence against women is a difficult problem to solve. This is not always under control to be able to fix at all. But people will always have the most reasonable resolutions. I hope that this issue will soon be resolved smoothly so that all of the women will no longer have to suffer from those pains.

    WOMEN’S AID ORGANISATION (WAO) HELPLINE

    WAO Hotline: 03 7956 3488

    WhatsApp/SMS TINA: 018 988 8058

    WAO Hotline: 03 7956 3488

    WhatsApp/SMS TINA: 018 988 8058

    Understand the common causes that lead to domestic violence and ways to prevent it.

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