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Published: Monday December 30, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 30, 2013 MYT 11:14:06 AM

Citizen journalism a hit with public

Capturing younger audiences: Tintoy Chuo, who has designed a wayang kulit in the form of famous Star Wars characters.

Capturing younger audiences: Tintoy Chuo, who has designed a wayang kulit in the form of famous Star Wars characters.

METRO Online Broadcast (mob.com.my), which acts as a citizen journalism site, welcomes stories from the public to share news from their communities that may often go unreported.

Since its launch in May, MOB has been reporting news that has sparked the interest of readers, from the latest happenings on social media to community-based stories.

Some of MOB’s top stories for the year include “Star Wars characters in wayang kulit”, where we shared how Tintoy Chuo, who specialises in character design and interactive content, has designed a wayang kulit in the form of the famous Star Wars characters.

Believing that wayang kulit is too old-fashioned to capture younger audiences, Chuo decided to merge the traditional culture with a modern character known globally.

Scary discovery: The dead six-metre crocodile found on the Kuala Selangor riverbank near Kampung Belimbing created a buzz on social media.

Fans will be quick to note how it is not your typical Star Wars show, with an interesting fusion of traditional and modern characters intertwined to add a modern twist to the age-old shadow puppet show.

“Lone woman pummels snatch thief - fake or real?” was a story that garnered much attention from netizens.

A video that had went viral on Facebook showed a woman being ambushed by a pillion rider on a motorcycle upon exiting a car in a housing compound.

Just before the gate closed, the pillion rider enter the house compound and tries to grab her bag.

The woman shocked viewers by throwing her assailant to the ground and continuing to pummel him, just before the thief’s accomplice came to his rescue.

The thieves fled.

It was later reported by The Star that the woman was actually a Muay Thai exponent by the name of Germaine Yeap.

Another story that garnered the attention of netizens was the dead six-metre crocodile found on the Kuala Selangor riverbank near Kampung Belimbing, which created a buzz on social media.

Lone woman pummels snatch thief- fake or real?
Muay Thai exponent: The story ‘Lone woman pummels snatch thief — fake or real?’ served as a good
lesson on the importance of self-defence.

According to Kampung Belimbing residents, the crocodile was found dead near the Jalan Tok Empat Masjid jetty by two anglers.

The villagers later alerted the Selangor Wildlife Department of the discovery.

Another heartwarming story was that of two college students, Ying Wei Ee and Lim Ee Chian, who built yellow stools on the concrete guardrail of the kerb along the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP), towards the Curve shopping centre and Kepong, for people waiting for taxis and buses.

They embarked on the project after noticing many people having to stand while waiting for public transport there.

The duo used recycled wood collected from construction sites and turned it into stools, which they stuck to the side of the concrete wall.

“Part of Penang Bridge II collapses, several people trapped underneath the rubble” was reported in June, where a MOBber reported that firemen and construction workers at the site were mounting a rescue effort to find those trapped under the rubble.

This incident was a clear example of how individuals can be the eyes and ears of the public to report directly from their respective areas as events unfold before them.

Tags / Keywords: Community, Central Region, Events, Leadership, Family & Community, MOB

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