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Malaysians see red over PM's kangkung remark

In this edition: Malaysia’s Prime Minister under fire from web users; American actress Jennifer Lawrence becomes the latest Internet sensation; and a video showcasing the beauty of landscapes across the Czech Republic.

MALAYSIANS SEE RED OVER PM’S KANGKUNG REMARK

Under fire for the drop in purchasing power and rising electricity and fuel prices, the head of the Malaysian government Najib Razak chose to push back in a recent speech by highlighting the recent reduction in the cost of “kangkung”, or water spinach, a very cheap vegetable that is widely eaten in Malaysia and can grow almost anywhere as long as there is water nearby.

His remark was met with a deluge of critical comments, with web users slamming the Prime Minister for being totally out of touch with reality by praising the low cost of a product that will barely have any impact on the day to day lives of ordinary Malaysians.

And of course the jokes soon followed. Najib Razak’s comments have been remixed in this track which is enjoying massive success on YouTube.

Others are suggesting water spinach could be the answer to everyone’s purchasing power problems. As these satirical photomontages doing the rounds on social networks would suggest, “kangkung” could replace the more expensive products, be used in fast food dishes for example, or as fuel for cars and even as a tobacco substitute in cigarettes…

And opposition politicians, like Anwar Ibrahim, have also seized the opportunity to take a swipe at government policie.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE’S DRESS BECOMES INTERNET SENSATION

American actress Jennifer Lawrence has become something of an Internet sensation and her new web darling status is down to the dress she wore for Sunday’s annual Golden Globe Awards held in Los Angeles. Made by a well-known haute couture French fashion house, the gown has certainly tickled social networkers…

Many say Jennifer Lawrence’s white strapless dress, which had a black band around the waist and another one around the thighs looked like a duvet or a blanket held up by rope. Many have even posted photos illustrating just this, with their recreations of the gown… a practice now known as #Lawrencing which is proving equally popular with women, men and also pets! Have a look at these pics that have been doing the rounds on social networks…

And it’s not just the dress she wore on Sunday night inspiring online comedians. There’s also the face she pulled behind singer Taylor Swift as she arrived at the “Golden Globes” – yes her “photo-bomb” has become an online sensation in itself, and inspired all manner of wacky parodies that have been widely relayed online. 

HOAX OF THE DAY

Is the "bikini bridge" which is when bikini bottoms are suspended between the hip bones, causing a space between the bikini and the lower abdomen the new “thinsperation” trend? Countless web users have slammed the new craze which has been proving particularly popular among teenage girls … but it turns out the “bikini bridge” is nothing but a hoax concocted by the pranksters at 4Chan, who have been busy with fake blog entries and fake tweets to make it go viral. So it’s not a new health goal or an actual ‘thing’ say experts, it’s simply a sham.

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Peter Mayhew who famously played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, has been posting photos taken during filming of the first George Lucas film trilogy to his Twitter page! Never-before-seen-photos giving a unique behind the scenes glimpse into life on the set of the epic space movies! 

SUPERHEROES DRAWN LIKE EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPHICS

Artist Josh Lane has added a twist to the traditional super heroes from the films or cartoons and revisited them as hieroglyphics… The project is called “Hero-Glyphics” and pays tribute to the likes of Spiderman, the Star Trek crew, and also the Power Rangers. You can purchase one of these works on the site BZA for 25 euros… 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This magnificent time-lapse video showcases the beauty of a number of landscapes across the Czech Republic… Put together by the team at EM Production it comprises over 35,000 photos and is available to view in its entirety on Vimeo.

By Electron Libre

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