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THEY thought they could pass off as Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) staff tasked with fixing a substation. However, residents became suspicious of the two men and nabbed them for attempting to steal electrical cables. The incident happened last Sunday at 10pm when the two suspects were spotted at the substation at Bandar Bukit Raja in Meru. "Residents were curious by the presence of the two youths inside the substation compound. When approached, the suspects said they were TNB staff though they were not in uniform," said a police source. "When the residents asked for their TNB authority cards, the suspects tried to flee but were apprehended." A police check revealed that the two suspects were drug addicts and intended to steal electrical cables to be sold to metal scrapyard dealers nearby. The suspects are under remand for further investigation.
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Fowl night for 'MasterChef' contestant ANOTHER MasterChef favourite bit the dust as the popular Billy Law (pic) was eliminated from the cooking show last night, the Herald Sun reports. Law lost to Mat Beyer and Hayden Quinn in a pressure-test challenge to recreate a salt-encrusted
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Sports Commissioner's Office to probe paralympic council over RM4m 'investment' By Haresh Deol firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday 29 JUNE, 2011
THE Sports Commissioner’s Office will be sending a letter to the Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) today seeking for explanation over its controversial RM4 million "investment". The Paper That Cares, had in a probe last week, revealed MPC channelled the amount to an event management company, Paralimpik Ventures Sdn Bhd. Checks with the Companies Commission of Malaysia showed MPC president Datuk Zainal Abu Zarin and sons Idi Irwan and Ilia Ikhwan were listed as the directors of Paralimpik Ventures. Investigations showed a cheque for RM2 million was issued on April 4, 2008 and another RM2 million transferred on April 17, 2008. Sports Commissioner Datuk Yassin Salleh said yesterday his officers called MPC right after The Malay Mail’s expose last
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WHY was a staggering RM4 million invested by the Malaysian Paralympics Council (MPC) in a company helmed by its president and his sons? This is the poser raised by several council members upon learning of the investment recently. A probe by The Malay Mail revealed that in 2008, MPC had invested RM4 million in an events management company, Paralimpik Ventures Sdn Bhd. Our investigations showed a cheque for RM2 million was issued on April 4, 2008, and another RM2 million was transferred about two weeks later, on April 17, 2008. The cheque and telegraphic transfer were allegedly signed by MPC president Datuk Zainal Abu Zarin and its then treasurer, Liew Yoon Loy. It is understood the money was derived from donations and fund-raising activities carried out by MPC over the years. Sources claimed nothing on the hefty investment had been heard of since. A check with the Companies Commission of Malaysia revealed Zainal and his sons, Idi Irwan and Ilia Ikhwan, were PETALING JAYA
Wednesday but was quick to add that they would still need a written explanation from MPC over the matter. “We will send them a letter first thing tomorrow (today) and we want a written explanation from them,” said Yassin. “We will decide on our next move once we get the explanation.” Olympic Council of Malay-
listed as the directors of Paralimpik Ventures. One person not amused by this episode was MPC council member Prof M. Chandra Sekaran, who said the issue had raised more questions than answers. "Who allowed the investment? Was it documented? How much have we made? Most importantly, who will be held responsible if the investment goes wrong?" he asked. Chandra claimed he was approached by Zainal to invest some money in the company in 2008. Chandra was the treasurer for the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) then. "We were told it was a new scheme by Bank Negara Malaysia that promises to double the investment within a year but we at the MAB did not agree to it. "Millions have been channelled out of MPC but it has not been documented. Such an investment requires the approval of two-thirds of the council, not just a handful of people." He said there was no letter of undertaking by Bank Negara
on the investment. "The manner the investment was done is unethical and we have been kept out of the loop for far too long. "Now, where is the money?" Chandra said he was eager to raise this issue at the muchawaited annual general meet-
up," Lee, who is also founder and president of the Malaysian Disabled Persons Sports Association, said. "This has to be clarified. Such dealings must be done in a transparent manner." Zainal, however, maintained the money was secure and kept
Who allowed the investment? Was it documented? How much have we made? Most importantly, who will be held responsible if the investment goes wrong?
— Prof M. Chandra Sekaran MPC council member
ing (AGM), which could be held soon. It was learnt the MPC had not conducted its AGM since 2005 and was only registered with the Sports Commissioner’s office in May 2008. MPC executive board member Lee Sheng Chow, a blind national para athlete, said the revelation caught him by surprise. "This is news to me. We had had many meetings in the past, yet this was never brought
aside for the possible construction of MPC’s new headquarters (see accompanying story) Meanwhile, Sports Commissioner Datuk Yassin Salleh said MPC would be hauled up to explain the matter. "We were not privy to such information before but once this is reported to us or even published in the newspapers, we will surely investigate. "I don’t want to jump the gun but we need to know why such
a thing was done in the first place and who had consented to the deal." This latest controversy has been deemed a "double whammy" for the MPC, which was in the limelight earlier this month after several national para athletes cried foul when their monetary rewards were significantly "slashed". On June 16, The Paper That Cares front-paged a report on Malaysia's paralympic athletes who, despite finishing sixth out of 51 countries in last year's Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, China, only received 30 per cent of what able-bodied athletes got in cash incentives. Special athletes used to earn RM80,000 for a gold medal, RM40,000 for silver and RM20,000 for bronze at the regional games but when the incentives were presented to them in April, the winners only received RM24,000 for gold, RM12,000 silver and RM6,000 bronze. The National Sports Council (NSC) clarified, however, that the para athletes would be better taken care of under an incentive scheme introduced this year.
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MALAYSIAN Paralympics Council (MPC) president Datuk Zainal Abu Zarin admitted to having channelled RM4 million to Paralimpik Ventures Sdn Bhd in 2008. However, he was quick to add it was for a good cause. "We were promised a plot of land by the government a couple of years ago but we were informed last year the land is actually a forest reserve and we would be given another suitable location. "We invested the money as we needed the cash to grow. We just can’t dump the money in fixed deposit as the interest rates are ridiculously low." Zainal admitted there was some form of a “deal" with regards to the RM4 million but declined to elaborate. He also did not mention the government agency that had promised the land. "Our members are well aware of this project. This is an internal matter which we plan to make public once we get the approval (on the land) from the government. The money is there, rest assured. In fact, it has grown." He did not specify the amount of money projected from the investment, but acknowledged it was obtained through donations and other MPC activities in the past. "Let this not be a situation where a good deed will be seen as bad. I assure you the money is there and has grown. This will be a starting point for our building committee. Four million ringgit is not enough to build a headquarters in Kuala Lumpur." When told several MPC members claimed they were unaware of the matter, Zainal said: "We have just obtained the approval from the Sports Commissioner’s office after rectifying our constitution two months ago and will be holding our annual general meeting soon. We will discuss this matter." Zainal said MPC had been struggling to find its "own place". It is renting an office block in Brickfields now. "We want our new place to be a symbol of Malaysian para athletics."
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sia (OCM) secretary Datuk “If an organisation wants Sieh Kok Chi also questioned to invest money, they should Trimming the move of channelling the the fat do it on their own with the funds from MPC to a private approval of the members company. and not hand the money to a “Our investments are all third party.” done in the name of OCM. Former National CounWe even have a trust fund cil For The Blind Malaysia and it is managed by a group (NCBM) treasurer Prof M. of people from various back- Chandra Sekaran told The grounds. We have a monthly Paper That Cares last week report which is available to that NCBM was approached all,” said Sieh. by Zainal to invest money in By JOSEPH KAOS JR email@example.com
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By JOSEPH KAOS JR and AZREEN HANI IN a bid to tackle email@example.com the rying rise of obesity wor- have already drafted several medical report book, young Malaysians, among changes to the system, ” said system in inthe schools will also ernment is set to doublegov- cluding educating teachers the source. earlier initiatives adopted see Malaysia follow “The medical report by number of mandatory the and parents on how to guide in the book footsteps body children on will record not only of countries such the Health Ministry such as mass index (BMI) healthy lifestyles the BMI as Singapore its decision to prohibit checks on and proper of a student, but and New Zeathe schoolchildren. eating habits. also sale of junk food immunisation records their land. and A government source This move — which and drinks at school canteens.soft told other vital It is also understood statistics.” see schoolkids subjectedwill The Malay Mail this school When contacted, was canteen food handlers to necessary as The medical report Deputy two weight examinations will both book be briefed on the appropriate Education Minister Datuk and teachers were parents will have to be amended as and checks annually a constant currently Wee Ka Siong said it with the presence the plans only enables BMI food to serve school children on numbers recorded the bi-annual BMI based in their lives, and in schoolchildren’s records to be readreport cards — listed once a orie on recommended cal- ings were would serve as the is among best being discussed at intake set by the Health year, instead of bi-annually. figures in shaping several to be introduced ministerial level to Ministry. the The BMI calculates ascertain a means of reviewing as youngsters’ habits. an inThe official announcement its feasibility. how dividual’s weight “Teachers will also health issues will “This will be announced be tackled taught be and the index and height, is expected to be made in very soon. in schools. the principles is ranked ac- a month’s time We will also the BMI system so behind cording categories, such It is learnt the that they underweight, as Prime Minister by Deputy announcing the findings be Educa- can advise and Educa- last tion and Health of year’s Ministries the readingsparents based on weight and normal, over- tion Minister, Tan obese. Sri Muhy- Malaysian BMI results on in the students’ iddin Yassin. schoolkids.” The introduction of a BMI The move complements RM15m vandal menace (June 27) • Continued on pg3 Culprits to clear
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their role in helping to curb obesity among their children. “Because of career commitments, parents tend to neglect their children’s diet and are not aware of what they eat. They need to act on their children’s eating habits and should not just leave it to the teachers,” she said. Noor Azimah commended the government's concern over the children’s health but felt more needed to be done "than just taking down students’ BMI". “It will be interesting to see how the schools are going to implement this, including getting the parents’ participation."
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the scheme in 2008. Chandra claims Zainal assured him the scheme was approved by Bank Negara. However, in an email to The Malay Mail yesterday, Bank Negara denied "engaging in any such fund or scheme". Chandra is a council member of the Malaysian Association of the Blind (MAB) and was appointed in a council meeting on Aug 21 last year to represent the association in MPC. Records also show MPC has not held an annual general meeting since 2005 and was only registered with the Sports Commissioner’s Office in May 2008. Sources claim Zainal assured those who attended an MPC meeting at MAB's office in Brickfields last week that the money invested had grown.
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THE police are defending their Special Investigation Division (D9) team for storming into an apartment at Solaris Dutamas in Jalan Dutamas where a foreign tenant was suspected of being a terrorist. The Malay Mail reported yesterday that in the incident at 1am on June 19, a Palestinian-born United Arab Emirates (UAE) national was arrested mere hours after his Malaysian wife, having quarreled with him, told police he was a terrorist and armed with a gun. The allegation
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proved to be false and the foreigner was released on June 26. He then absconded on July 1 without settling rent and other arrears. The apartment owner, 42-year-old businessman Yasni Mohamad Yusof, estimated his losses at RM21,600, comprising unpaid dues by the tenant and damage to his property and theft of certain items. Sentul district police chief ACP Zakaria Pagan (pic) said: "We were acting based on the tip-off from the foreigner's
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wife. Such allegations are serious and we had no choice but to resort to such measures as a precaution. We found the foreigner's passport and his visa had expired, so we are now looking to book him for overstaying." Under the Immigration Act, those who overstay can be fined not less than RM10,000 or imprisoned up to five years, or both. The foreigner had also cheated a Level 13A neighbour, a woman from Belarus, of RM7,500. The foreigner's
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Bersih brews in Taiwan Flyers handed out in Taipei stadium alerting planned rally on Saturday
WHILE thousands of football fans had their attentions glued to the TV screen as Malaysia took on Taiwan in a preWorld Cup qualifier match at the latter's home turf on Sunday night, another group was attracting a different kind of attention on the terraces at Taipei Municipal Stadium. A group of people, believed to be Malaysians, were distributing Bersih 2.0 flyers to spectators in the stadium after the half-time break. The flyers, written in Mandarin, allegedly urged members of the public to join them in a demonstration to be held at 2pm on Saturday. The Malay Mail was alerted to the development by a reader, who only wished to
be known as Raj. Raj, a flight attendant, was in the city enroute from Los Angeles. He and his colleagues had obtained tickets for the match, and were seated among the 500-odd Malaysian fans in the stadium. He said the match had just entered the second-half when he noticed some people distributing flyers. Raj said he thought the flyers were meant to promote a restaurant. However, he noticed that the flyers were not given out to the nonChinese. He then took a glance at one of the yellow flyers passed to a colleague. “I was taken aback when I saw that it had the Bersih
Here I was, watching a football match in a stadium in Taiwan and people were handing out Bersih flyers
2.0 logo on it. Here I was, watching a football match in a stadium in Taiwan and people were handing out Bersih flyers,” he told The Malay Mail via telephone from Taipei. He said the flyers were printed in Mandarin. A colleague translated it for him and said it was for a planned Bersih rally on July 9, which would be held at the National
— Raj, flight attendant Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Liberty Square in the city. “According to my colleague, participants were told to wear yellow T-shirts and bring umbrellas,” he said. The Malay Mail yesterday contacted the Taiwanese embassy in KL on whether they were aware that the rally would take place in Taipei.
An embassy staff expressed surprise at the revelation but was unable to provide any information. Attempts to contact the Malaysian embassy in Taiwan were unsuccessful. A Facebook group titled Global Bersih 2.0 had claimed that rallies would be held at no less than 15 countries worldwide, including Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, among others. In Malaysia, police had called on all parties not to demonstrate on Saturday, citing security concerns and warning that stern action will be taken against anyone involved.
Global Ikhwan not feeling the heat By JOSEPH KAOS JR firstname.lastname@example.org
GLOBAL Ikhwan Sdn Bhd, a multi-national business firm linked to the banned Al-Arqam movement, is unperturbed that it is being put on watch by the authorities for allegedly reviving the defunct movement. The Johor Islamic Religious Department had reportedly said it was monitoring the activities of Global Ikhwan and another group, Kumpulan Layar Bahtera, for purportedly spreading deviant Islamic teachings.
“The authorities can do as they please,” was the brief response from Fauziah Ariffin, a representative of Global Ikhwan and director of Ikhwan Catering and Restaurant. Fauziah, currently in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, was responding to a text message query from The Malay Mail. The coordinator of the infamous Obedient Wives Club did not reply when asked if there were any truth in the allegations, however, she referred The Malay Mail to an online article in Buletin Rakyat's website, in which Global Ikhwan head Hatijah Aam was interviewed. In t he ar t i cl e, Hatijah Aam, better known as “Ummu Jah”, said that Global Ikhwan had no interest in re v i v i ng t h e Al-Arqam movement as it would be of no benefit to the group. Hat ij a h is the widow of
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former Al-Arqam founder Ashaari Muhammad, who infamously claimed to his followers that he was a prophet. The Al-Arqam movement was banned by the Federal government in 1994 when the National Fatwa Council declared its teachings as deviant. Ashaari, affectionately known as “Abuya” to his followers, then set up Rufaqa’ Corporation Sdn Bhd in 1997, which was later closed by the authorities for allegedly recruiting new members to revive Ashaari’s teaching. He subsequently set up Global Ikhwan which today runs an assortment of businesses all over the world, from laundries and eateries to clinics and noodle manufacturing. Global Ikhwan entered the limelight when Hatijah formed the controversial Ikhwan Polygamy Club in 2009, and more recently, the Obedient Wives Club. The Obedient Wives Club caused a stir among the public when it declared that wives should be like “first class prostitutes” in serving their husband’s sexual desire.
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THE authorities are bracing for various pockets of demonstrations around the city starting Thursday as supporters of the three rallies planned for Saturday start to arrive. T h e Ma l ay Mai l w a s informed that police are making contingency plans for the smaller demonstrations as intelligence revealed outstation supporters, especially from States which have their weekend on Friday and Saturday. Pe o p l e f a m i l i a r w i t h the matter said the police response will be based on existing laws and regulations. The Bersih 2.0 group — a coalition for free and fair elections — had called for a rally in the city on Saturday. In response, Umno Youth and Malay rights group Perkasa had announced their own rallies to counter the demonstration planned by Bersih. On various websites and social media outlets, Bersih activists had also announced their attention to hold demonstrations outside Malaysian missions at various foreign countries. Police had called on all parties not to demonstrate on Saturday, citing security concerns and that stern action would be taken against anyone involved. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail
Omar had been reported as saying that action would be taken against all those trying to organise the rallies, regardless of any statement or assumption made by others on police action. He said that if the rallies were to go ahead, it would jeopardise national peace and lead to chaos. On Sund ay, t he Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin made known his thoughts on the Bersih 2.0 proposed rally, saying that street demonstrations would bring more bad than good to the country. He said he had been following closely the developments concerning the planned rally and that he was confident the prime minister was capable of dealing with the situation.
Family in shock over teen's bail A GRIEVING family was in shock after an accused teenage killer was granted bail yesterday hours after allegedly stabbing their mother, the Herald Sun reports. Rosa Mercuri was knifed in front of her young daughter just after her house was pelted with eggs on Sunday night. A boy, 14, who was charged with her manslaughter was at home last night after being released from a Children's Court on unopposed bail. "I'm stunned. I'm very shocked," Mercuri's son Damian, 17, said last night. Police did not oppose bail because the accused had no convictions and they did not believe he posed a risk of reoffending.
Sir Cliff sacks loyal Girl Friday SHE is the Girl Friday who has notched up nearly 40 years of dedicated service to Sir Cliff Richard (pic). Now, however, the singer has surprisingly chosen to dispense with the services of his loyal and popular secretary, the Daily Mail reports. Gill Snow, who has worked with the singer since the 1970s, has been made redundant from his ofﬁce, the Cliff Richard Organisation, based in Esher, Surrey. Snow said: "It’s over. I’m on to a new phase of life. The ofﬁce is continuing. A new tour has just been announced and a new album." The Cliff Richard Organisation declined to comment on her departure.
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THE compulsory implementation of seat belts for all passengers in express and tour buses by 2015 does not sit well with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD). Its chief executive officer Azhar Ahmad (pic) said taking four years to install this simple but vital safety feature is unacceptable. "Two years should be sufficient time to achieve this, by 2013, and the faster this is done PETALING JAYA
Fined for illegal pipe connections THE Sessions Court yesterday fined a construction company RM10,000, or six months’ jail, for illegally tapping into public main pipes three years ago. Judge Hayatul Akmal Abdul Aziz imposed the fine on Fong Seng Plumbing and Construction Sdn Bhd after its director Chew Chin Kim pleaded guilty to the charge, under Section 123 of the Water Services Industry Act 2006, for performing the illegal connection at a construction site at Lot 487333, PT 45266, Mukim Petaling, on July 23, 2008. National Water Services Commission (SPAN) prosecuting officer Noor Ashikin Mohamad prosecuted. Meanwhile, up to 138 water-related offences reported by the public and water operators have been taken to court by SPAN last year. The number of reported cases has substantially increased from 2009, where there were only 32. The illegal tapping of water is viewed as a serious offence and those with water-theft related information are asked to contact SPAN at 8317 9333/334/335.
the more lives will be saved in accidents," he said, adding that having seat belts in express and tour buses has long been an international safety standard in European and other countries. "Other safety measures should also be mandatory, such as speed limiters in which the accelerator pedal becomes inactive when a vehicle's speed surpasses a certain limit. In this country, only a small fraction of buses have built-in speed limiters."
Azhar also said all bus drivers should undergo annual programmes to improve their driving skills and safety awareness. Yesterday, The Malay Mail front-paged a report on the implementation of seat belts in express and tour buses by 2015 as part of the government's plans to commit to international safety standards. It was also reported that full implementation of higher quality standards of bus body struc-
tures in public service vehicles is gradually being carried out by the government. An industry source had told The Paper That Cares that safety aspects of automotive and commercial vehicles production were being augmented and enhanced as part of Malaysia’s commitment to implement the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) World Forum on Harmonisation of Motor Vehicles
Regulations (WP 29) for the transport sector. All these developments are in the wake of one of the nation’s worst bus crash tragedies, at Simpang Pulai near Ipoh, Perak last December, which resulted in the loss of 28 lives, mostly Thai tourists. Initial investigations showed the bus had undergone modifications to accommodate extra seats and this compromised passenger safety.
Bus construction industry needs overhaul COMPULSORY seat belts in buses is a commendable move, but there is a need to overhaul the entire bus construction industry, says Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) director-general Prof Dr Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah. "The seat belt requirement may not give us the desired outcomes as the bus industry here faces more critical problems," he said, noting cases in which some bus companies have resorted to seat tampering (adding more seats) to maximise passenger load which may lead
to disastrous consequences. "Other problems are noncompliance with the bus' superstructure strength to withstand impact during collisions." He said bus operators should be made to adhere to safety standards comparable with petroleum haulers. "Companies that operate petroleum haulers ensure that their drivers maintain a very high standard of safe driving and that's because these vehicles carry a precious and dangerous commodity — petroleum. Shouldn't we place the same
emphasis on buses which carry human lives?" He said there is a need to transform the entire bus construction industry in Malaysia. "We need the involvement of many parties including the engineer who designs the bus, the manufacturer who constructs the bus' body and the officer who authorises the construction. "From our analysis, the capabilities of these experts here are still inadequate." He also said that since 2008, Miros, along with other organisations, advocated the imple-
mentation of the Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) code of practice to bus companies. "SHE was made compulsory to bus operators as part of their permit requirements in 2010 by the previous Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) and has since been taken up by the Land Public Tr a n s p o r t Commission (SPAD)."
Nod for PR1MA, the new affordable housing scheme By JOSEPH KAOS JR email@example.com
THE government’s new affordable housing scheme has been well-received by Klang Valley youths who are currently looking to buy their first homes. However, some feel the homes offered under the 1Malaysia People Housing Scheme (PR1MA) launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday, were too far from the city. Najib launched the first phase of the programme which involves the construction of 42,000 units of homes priced between RM150,000 and RM300,000, at 20 locations within the Klang Valley and Seremban. Among the Klang Valley locations for the first phase are Putrajaya, Bandar Tun Razak in Cheras, Cyberjaya and Putra Heights in Subang Jaya. “The programme looks
good, as I am looking for quality homes at affordable prices,” said graphic designer Jonathan Lian, 26, who is married and plans to have children soon. “There should be more options closer to the city. My workplace is in PJ and I commute by public transport, so locations like Putrajaya and Putra Heights are not convenient for me." Lian, whose household income totals RM4,000, said loans from his Employees Provident Fund (EPF) account and the recently-launched My First Home Scheme will help youths like himself to finance a house. Senior consultant Nevash Nair, 25, said he does not mind living far away from the city if there is efficient public transport and proper township planning.
“The government should ensure the new housing communities come with shops, schools, clinics and such for the convenience of residents," said Nevash, who is renting a place at Taman Sri Sinar, Kepong. Nevash, who earns around RM5,000 a month, said an affordable loan scheme should also be introduced alongside the affordable homes. “Most of my friends say they can’t buy a house because they can’t afford to keep up with the monthly instalments." IT executive Jonathan Cheah, 35, said the scheme is a big help for people like him who are struggling to get their first property at reasonably good locations. “I’m hoping to hear more on the financing options that will be introduced with this
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NEVASH: Affordable loan scheme should be introduced
programme,” said Cheah, who rents in Klang. “A major concern is the building quality of the properties and there has to be a proper compensation mechanism to protect house buyers.”
DANIEL RADCLIFFE (pic) has revealed that he has given up drinking after becoming "reliant" on alcohol, the Irish Independent reports. The Harry Potter actor, 21, said he has not touched a drop of alcohol since August last year, when he realised that he was not suited to the party lifestyle. Daniel said he began to think that he should be living a "celebrity life" and became "a little bit" complacent while ﬁlming the 2009 Potter adventure The HalfBlood Prince. He told GQ: "I became so reliant on (alcohol) to enjoy stuff." He said of being teetotal: "I'm actually enjoying the fact that I can have a relationship with my friends where I'm really pleasant."
Woman charged with cop assault A WOMAN has been granted bail after she was charged with attacking a policeman who was doused with boiling oil in Dublin on Sunday morning. Michael O’Shea was seriously injured after he responded to a call relating to a domestic dispute, the Irish Times reports. O’Shea was taken to hospital for treatment of injuries to his face, neck and shoulder. A second man injured during the incident was also taken to hospital but was later discharged. Rachel Hiheglo, 27, a motherof-two who is originally from Togo, was yesterday at Dublin District Court charged with assault causing harm to O’Shea and Enzo Kone.
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Rupert: Kiss with Emma an anticlimax RUPERT GRINT has confessed that his onscreen kiss with Emma Watson in the ﬁnal instalment of the Harry Potter ﬁlm series would be to be "a bit of an anticlimax" for viewers. Grint, 22, and Watson, 21, will be sharing a highly anticipated kiss in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, to be released this month. But the actor said the moment itself is likely to prove quite underwhelming to fans who have been waiting 10 years to see the two get together, the Times of India reports. "That's going to be a bit of an anticlimax," Grint says, while describing the kiss as a "small, small moment". He was asked about the long build-up to the moment, which both actors, who are close friends, knew would eventually arrive.
Malaysia's food inﬂation rate fell to 4.6 per cent in May, compared with 4.9 per cent the previous month — Deputy Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Tan Lian Hoe KUALA LUMPUR
Keeping abreast of child care Takaful sets up area for staff to pump milk in privacy
Hackers plant Obama murder tweets HACKERS broke into the US Fox News political Twitter account and posted messages saying President Barack Obama had been assassinated. A series of six tweets coming from the FoxNewsPolitics account reported that Obama had been shot to death in Iowa by an unknown shooter, the Daily Express reports. In a statement posted on its website later, Fox News called the tweets "malicious" and "false." It said the hacking was being investigated. The Secret Service would not comment on the tweets.
MOTIVATED MUMS: Mothers working at Takaful are happy about the private space allocated for them to pump milk as opposed to the 'surau' (left) they had to use before — Pic: SHAHIR OMAR
By CECILIA VICTOR firstname.lastname@example.org
SYARIKAT Takaful Malaysia Berhad has set up a breastfeeding area at their headquarters in Jalan Sultan Sulaiman here, in keeping with the Prime Minister's call to the corporate sector to encourage women to have longer careers so the 30 per cent target of women at decision-making
levels could be achieved. Takaful corporate communications vice-president Raihan Rahim said: "We did this after getting feedback from our female staff who felt uncomfortable pumping breastmilk at the surau or their desk area. Now, they have a private corner inside
our women's gymnasium and we have provided a refrigerator there for them to store their milk. The longer the women work with the company, the better their chances of rising to decision-making levels. We also hope to attract our former staff back." Raihan said the company
Vote is on for river beautification project By IKRAM ISMAIL email@example.com
CLOSE FRIENDS: Rupert and Emma
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CITY folk are being invited to vote for the masterplan of a 10.7km beautification project along the Klang and Gombak rivers. This follows KL City Hall's launch yesterday of the two-day Greater KL River of Life Seminar at Dewan Perdana Mestika, Institut DBKL, in Jalan Yaakob Latiff, Bandar Tun Razak. KL Mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail said anyone can take part by voting via the website http:// riveroflife.com.my/. "The exhibition ends on July 12, while voting continues until July 28. The masterplan with the highest votes will be selected to design phase 1 of the river beautification works," he said.
MAKE IT PRETTY: One of the areas up for revamp works after the public votes on their favourite plans — Pic: SHARUL HAFIZ ZAM
Church blood drive attracts charitable folk
TURNOUT was good at the Malaysian chapter of the Korean-initiated World Mission Society Church of God's first-ever blood donation drive, themed "Save a Life NOW!", in collaboration with the National Blood Bank at the latter's premises in Jalan Tun Razak recently. "We will continue to do more charitable works,
including organising blood donation drives again in the future," said church committee head James Lee. "Through this, we hope to encourage more people, including youths, to become regular blood donors." Brendon Ling, a church committee member, said: "I do not know how to save the world but I do know how to contribute by donating my
blood." The drive, conducted from 10am to 2pm, collected 40 litres of blood, exceeding initial expectations of 22 litres. T h e Wor l d Mi ss i on Society Church of God was founded in South Korea in 1964 and now has 1.2 million members worldwide at 1,400 churches in about 150 countries.
conducts motivational talks for female staff about how to balance work and family life as well as religion. Nurmaezah Omar, a Takaful staff for five years and mother, said: "This initiative by the company has motivated me to work better and now, with the corner space given to us
for pumping breastmilk, I can finally have some form of privacy." Salina Ali, another staff and mother, said: "We find this facility convenient as we need to pump two to three times a day, and now, we don't have to worry about doing it in front of others.''
A joint army, police force to be reckoned with By G. PRAKASH firstname.lastname@example.org
TWO years after police and the army began collaborating on joint exercises, a command post exercise (CPE) was held at the Royal Malaysian Police College (RMPC) in Cheras yesterday. Officiating the launch were Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar and Malaysian Armed Forces chief General Datuk Seri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin. The CPE's main objective is for both forces to work together to maintain the country's national security and learn from each other, as well as to help when police manpower is shorthanded. "It's been two years now since police and the armed forces started working together and the
CPE programme has benefited both parties," said Ismail. "During the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide in 2008, both forces worked as a team and also built a temporary bridge for residents to move out." Ismail said the joint exercises create better understanding between the two parties. "Under the programme, police are able to use the armed forces' training facilities and this saves RM4 million over a five-year period. "We have many other ideas we plan to execute and some have already been started, such as joint patrols in KL, Selangor, Johor and Penang. "From the feedback received, police officers are enjoying the company of their new friends from the army," said Ismail, adding he enjoys his teh tarik sessions with Zulkifeli. Zulkifeli said army officers who retire early can now join the police force. "With the experience they already have, all the army officers need to do is undergo a short course to become police officers." ISMAIL: Police and army personnel getting along well
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A report on inspection of buildings on hillslopes and highlands by local authorities will be presented to Cabinet soon — Housing and Local Government Deputy Minister Datuk Lajim Ukin
Singer full of remorse during public confession By LOONG WAI TING email@example.com
Yi: Thought of taking his own life
"I'm sorry" was all Yi Jet Qi could muster in his first appearance in months. In a black T-shirt and jeans with large spectacles, the Taiwan-based Malaysian singer met with reporters for a Press conference in Taman Desa yesterday. It was his first public appearance since the controversy involving him stealing money from Penny Tai, another Malaysian singer and good friend of his, broke in February. Yi said after his confession he surrendered to the police, with Tai accompanying him. "I did something embarrassing. I wasn't even aware of my own irresponsible action. "It was like I was being blindfolded by some entity and was led to commit such a stupid mis-
deed." The 39-year-old, who was solemn throughout the 30-minute conference, said he faced the most pivotal moment in both his life and career. "I was diagnosed with depression and am still under medication. My doctor advised me to take a break from song writing. "When I write, all emotions pour in and I am reminded of the turbulent days. I lost myself and I made a huge mistake. It's something I can't even control myself from doing," he said. Relating the night he confessed to Tai, Yi said he called her around midnight, asking to meet. From his tone of voice, Tai, who was asleep at that time, felt something amiss and agreed. Yi then admitted to Tai he had withdrawn NT$300,000 (RM30,000) from her bank ac-
Rapper dares residents to report him again By JOE LEE and AIZAT SHARIF firstname.lastname@example.org
A RAPPER from a wellknown hip hop group from the 90s, caught for close proximity on Sunday morning with a widow, challenged residents of the housing area to lodge another report as he defiantly returned to the house with his partner after the episode. A source told The Malay Mail that the raiding party, led by the imam of the Batu 10 mosque, as well as a representative of the mosque’s committee, was joined by officers of the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS)
and police from the Batu 9 Cheras police station. In the incident, the rapper and the widow, who has two children, were said to have refused to open the door when the raiding party arrived at 4am. Entry was gained some two hours later, when the authorities were beginning their attempts to cut the grilles of the condominium unit upon receiving the permission of the ex-husband of the widow, who is reportedly the owner of the unit. The incident at the Langat
Jaya Condominium was said to have stemmed from complaints over the activities of the couple which were said to have been going on for some time. After the police report, the couple were said to have shown no remorse, and the brazen rapper even challenged residents to make another report as he continued to live in the same house with the widow. Residents of the condominium said they planned to stage another raid in response to the defiant couple.
Shamsul to reward film crew with bonus
Shamsul Yusof (pic) has gone one up on his father with his latest film KL Gangster recording a box office sale of some RM12 million. His father, Datuk Yusof Haslam, was the first producer to breach the RM6 million mark for his film Sembilu 2 in 1995. Now, Shamsul is proving to be a generous young man and plans to reward everyone involved in KL Gangster with a bonus. This was announced by his proud father on behalf of their company Skop Production Sdn Bhd. In an interview with The Malay Mail, Yusof said Shamsul would perform the Umrah if his previous film, Khurafat, exceeded RM8 million. It
did. Now, with success of KL Gangster, Shamsul is the only director to have accumulated RM20 million at the box office with just two films in a year. "My family and I will perform Umrah in the early period of Ramadhan. As soon as we get back to Malaysia two weeks before Aidilfitri, we will organise a thanksgiving ceremony and breaking of fast at the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) complex," Yusof said. At the event, Skop Productions is expected to award bonuses to staff as well as the Khurafat and KL Gangster production teams, including ac-
tors. The bonus will also be extended to Skop Productions partner in Khurafat, Grand Brilliance Sdn Bhd.
count after stealing her ATM card. When he surrendered to the authorities, Tai walked her good friend of 10 years to the nearest police station. "It was a short 10-minute walk, but to me it was like 10 years. I felt like it would never end," he said. "From the beginning, she (Tai) was protective of me. Since the news broke, she never mentioned to anyone that it was me. She never once blamed me. I felt guilty, especially after she blamed herself for failing to see through my problem. That's the Penny Tai I know. I don't think she's even human. To me, she's a godsent angel. I will never forget that. I want to spend the rest of my life protecting her." Yi said some friends have since shunned him. He said while fel-
low Malaysian Chinese singer Fish Leong has not been in touch with him, other friends have been supportive. "I felt guilty, especially when she (Tai) texted me asking about my well-being, and put a smiley face at the end of the conversation. My heart broke. "I thought of ending it all. But in the end, I just locked myself in the house and shut away reality. I'll never forget that (moment). "I've never told anyone about my life in Taiwan, not even my family. When I finally found the courage to tell them, I couldn't look them in the eye."
Shia says goodbye to 'Transformers' TRANSFORMERS star Shia LaBeouf’s (pic) days of battling the alien Decepticons are over, the Daily Mirror reports. LaBeouf, 25, says he has nothing more to offer the sci-fi franchise now that latest instalment Dark of the Moon has hit cinemas. The actor, who plays tough Sam Witwicky in the films, said: “I’m done. I’m sure they will make more of them. It’s still a very hot franchise.” LaBeouf was full of praise for the films and their director Michael Bay. He said: “I love making them. I love the crew."
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By FAIZAL NOR IZHAM, REENA RAJ, EE ANN NEE and SITI NURSURAYA ALI
A sticky situation Illegal advertisements continue to deface property, block signs
THE nuisance of illegal advertisement stickers pasted all over public property appears to be an undying menace. JANICE LEE, a 25-yearold project executive, who works in
COVERED UP: Some stickers make road signs hard to read
Kota Damansara, says she has grown accustomed to the sights and does not pay attention to them anymore, defeating the purpose of the "advertisements" altogether. "The stickers are messily pasted all over and they mar the overall look of the town," she says. The Hotline Roving Team visited Dataran Sunway in PJU 5, n e a r t h e Sunw a y Giza mall, a n d found the thriving c om me rc i a l
square is not spared the flood of such stickers either, including those promoting money-lending services. There, the
SUNWAY GIZA FACTS SUNWAY GIZA is a shopping, leisure and entertainment mall covering the lifestyle of the Kota Damansara neighbouring catchment. This mall is highly visible with a main road frontage along Persiaran Surian and Persiaran Mahogani. It covers a boulevard of shops and alfresco dining outlets with trendy shops, boutiques, specialty stores, sidewalk cafes and restaurants. stickers "decorate" parking ticket machines, road signs, lamp posts, walls and even doors. Not only are public amenities defaced in this manner but information printed on signages are covered up as well. Another project executive, NADIAH ABDULLAH, 26, says even when the stickers are removed by the authorities, irresponsible parties paste new ones up almost immediately. N. JAYANTHI, a pet shop owner, says such works of vandalism are too familiar a sight now in Malaysia. "There are just too many Ah Long stickers. When you
Prepaid to postpaid problem WONG SHEW FUNG feels cheated by a Maxis telemarketer after she was encouraged to convert all three of her prepaid phone lines to postpaid. The Pusat Bandar Putra Permai, Serdang, resident claims she only agreed to convert the lines after the telemarketer assured her the credit balance would be transferred to the new lines. "A few days later, my husband visited the Maxis centre in KLCC to check if my lines had been converted but a staff said they must contact their telemarketing team as this was not within Maxis' purview." On June 6, WONG received a text message say-
ing her case was closed. She says she was told her credit transfer would be reflected in the next bill but claims the amount was incorrect. WONG tried to re-convert her lines back to prepaid but was told it could only be done after six months. She says she was supposed to have the new postpaid SIM cards couriered to her on June 10 but says she only received one. On June 21, a Maxis telemarketer called her to tell her the SIM cards had been couriered to her again. "I found out she was referring to the SIM card I had already received, not the remaining two," says WONG. WONG received an SMS
on June 22 stating her postpaid lines will be reverted if she does not sign the agreement form by June 25. "How can I sign the agreement if the form has not reached me or when the outstanding problems have yet to be resolved?"
● A MAXIS Communica-
tions Bhd spokesman says: "We have contacted WONG and rectified her outstanding matters. The two SIM cards have been couriered to her and the waiver on her credit will be reflected in the July statement.” WONG confirms Maxis contacted her but says she has yet to receive the SIM cards and is awaiting her July statement.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: A vandalised electrical storage amenity
peel them off, the paint underneath comes off as well, while some of the remaining stickers are stuck. It's a real eyesore." She claims loan sharks resort to this method as it may be the cheapest way to advertise.
● PETALING JAYA CITY
COUNCIL public relations officer Zainun Zakaria says the council is continuously taking action to remove stickers. "We have a team to remove these stickers every day in Petaling Jaya. It costs money
to remove these stickers as it uses up manpower and staff have to work extra hours." She says the council views the problem seriously. "Those who want to conduct businesses must use proper means of advertising."
Surprise gift turns TV trouble WITH her mother living in Raub, Pahang, CHRISTINA TAN likes to surprise her with gifts every now and then. But the Panasonic 42" Full HD Plasma TV she bought from Senheng Electric in Pandan Jaya on June 9 surprised not only her mum but herself as well, especially when it did not get delivered. "The salesman promised to send it on June 16 but that day, my mother said someone had called her to tell her the delivery could not be made. "The earliest they could deliver was on June 18 and that too, if they were not swamped with other deliveries. My mum was told the
latest delivery date would be June 21." CHRISTINA called the salesman who sold her the product, went back to the shop and demanded the TV be delivered by June 18. On that day, CHRISTINA returned to Raub and the TV was delivered with the model number THP42U30K, the model
● SAYS Senheng Electric (KL) Sdn Bhd customer relations spokesman, Jenessa Ten: "The correct TV model has since been delivered to CHRISTINA. "We have contacted the customer and apologised
she purchased, written on its box. "After the technicians left, I realised the model number engraved on the back of the TV was not the same as the one on the box. They delivered the wrong model." She called the technician but the latter insisted there was no mistake. for the inconvenience. She has accepted our apology." When contacted, CHRISTINA says: "They never explained the mistake but I don't want to prolong the matter and so I accepted their apology."
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Taxed for unactivated credit card (July 4)
WIDE OPEN: The unguarded substation
RESIDENTS of Sunway Damansara can cease worrying about the missing gate at a Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) substation as it has been replaced. TNB sprung into action after being alerted of the missing gate at the substation in Jalan PJU 3/29 by Hotline last week.
LOCKED UP: The recently installed gate
In our June 30 report "Open invitation to danger", we highlighted residents' worry about the exposed entrance, possibly removed by metal thieves. A resident, WONG MAN SOON, had said the exposed substation was a potential hazard as it is next to Palm Spring Condominium.
"Children pass the area frequently and it is an open invitation for young ones to enter the site." In our report, a TNB spokesman had assured TNB officers had taken measurements of the entrance and will be placing a new gate at the location. On June 21, The Malay
New ride ruined by bad paint job (July 4)
GETS THE ACTION Mail had front-paged a report on how theft syndicates are stealing metal gates at TNB substations instead of the usual copper wires.
Rocky road to flatness
Resident asked to pay to pave, council says they're private contractors TO have a road resurfaced is usually a good thing but not when it's only halfway done. JOYCE HA says recently, contractors paved the roads near her house in SS3, Petaling Jaya. However, on Jalan SS3/8, only one-third of the road was paved, leaving several potholes untouched. "Some of the contractors hounded me to pay them several hundred ringgit to pave the area outside my house and repair the potholes along the road," she says. "I'm not going to fork out a single sen. Why should I?" JOYCE says she wrote to the local council last month via their "Aduan" (complaints) channel but has not received an answer.
● A SPOKESMAN for the Petaling Jaya City Council's (MBPJ) engineering department says they have yet to start this year's road resurfacing project. She says a contractor had just been appointed and the job scheduled to commence next month. She says the council only resurfaces critical roads due to budget constraints. On the SS3 road, the spokesman says Tenaga Nasional Berhad's contrac-
tors had paved it partially for utility purposes. "Upon completing their job, the contractors will only resurface the area they dug, such as in Jalan SS3/8." She says despite that, the council has fixed the potholes on that road. On the matter of private contractors trying to charge residents, the spokesman says the council is not linked to them. She says the council's road paving efforts would include the entrance of residents' houses out of goodwill. "But if a house entrance is the only place that needs resurfacing, we are not obligated to do it as it does not fall under our purview." She advises residents not to be duped by contractors asking money for road works. "We will send a notice to each house if our contractors are working on the roads. The council does not charge residents."
CYCLE & CARRIAGE offered you a one-to-one replacement. What more do you want? — Anonymous Baffled over cash voucher blow-off (July 1) THIS is a good response from Houz Depot. The company owned up to the mistake made by its staff. — Anonymous Battered bunga raya (July 1) I HOPE the council will remove the structure as it is ugly and not at all attractive. — Nawawi Bloody Brazilian wax (July 1) OH please lah, you are not doing any damage control nor giving your outlet any good reviews. A mistake is a mistake. To tell the whole world her hair was thicker than others is of no use at all. Customers come in all shapes, sizes and, in this case, hair thickness, so if you cannot handle customers with thick hair, you should close shop, period. You have caused hurt and agony to the client, so have the grace to apologise and admit your mistake. Placing the blame back on the client is the worst mistake any company could make, whether or not the client created a ruckus. — Anonymous Sicker after hospital stay (June 30) IT is difficult to treat elderly patients due to the various failures in their biological system. When it comes to this stage, doctors just can't do much at all as the situation is hopeless. It is in our own interest to take care of our own health when we are still young so that we can grow old gracefully. I sympathise with Chandradevan and his family but it is just too late for anything. On the other hand, the government must ensure hospital facilities are adequate. — Nawawi
UNEVEN: The jagged road before it was resurfaced
I WAS a caregiver for a patient there for some time and have seen it all. Some old people are left to fend for themselves as the family or relatives expect the overworked nurses to feed and bathe their sick 24/7. I have also been a patient at private hospitals and have to take care of myself too. Hospitals are the worst places to recuperate as all kinds of bacteria and virus are at every nook and corner, brought by the hundreds of people who walk in and out daily. — Anonymous PATIENTS are responsible for their own health. The doctors and caregivers can only treat the patient. Checking oneself into a hospital with a pre-existing illness does not guarantee one good health upon discharge. I am sorry but these are the facts of life. — Anonymous
PJ FACT • MANY roads in Petal-
ing Jaya, including Subang Jaya, begin with the SS prefix, which is short for "sub-section".
BANKS will spin all kinds of yarn and sweet talk people into thinking they are getting the credit card for free. But they are in for a surprise when charges such as government tax and annual fees are included in bank statements. I, too, have faced this predicament with my credit cards several times but after some hassle, everything was settled amicably. My guess is, the banks do not want to lose their loyal customers. — shaktiman
SMOOTH: The patched-up potholes
I AM curious about the "procedures" to prevent the patient's "bed-ridden state". How does UMMC manage that? Maybe the public relations department of UMMC or even their doctors would care to share their ingenuity with other hospitals worldwide. After all, isn't that what UMMC is aiming to be, a world-class hospital? — Anonymous
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To the man who built our stadiums
KL Tan Sri Stanley Edward Jewkes (1903-2011)
IT is with great sadness Badan Warisan Malaysia records the passing of Tan Sri Stanley Jewkes (pic) on June 19, in Florida, US. Jewkes would have turned 98 this October. Jewkes served in the Public Works Department (PWD) until 1962, and continued throughout his life to speak fondly of his time working here. He established the Design and Research Branch of the PWD to ensure competent, efficient and cutting-edge engineering and architectural practices. He desig ne d St adium Merdeka, Stadium Negara and the Merdeka Park, a 10-acre park on the north side of the Merdeka Stadium, with its umbrella-shaped bandstand commonly known as “the mushroom” because of its shape, and the Merdeka Clock, a sundial incorporating the local mean time as well as the date in the zodiac calendar. In the commemorative programme for the opening of Stadium Merdeka on Aug 30, 1957, the late premier Tunku Abdul Rahman commended Jewkes for finishing the work on time. He said: "Its completion in record time is an achievement for which the engineers and contractors deserve abundant credit. I wish to thank them all, particularly Mr. S. E. Jewkes of the PWD, who spared no effort to ensure works was completed
by Merdeka Day and whose planning and engineering skill had produced such perfect results.” Designing Stadium Merdeka began on July 15, 1956, with work commencing on Sept 25. Using just a slide rule to do the drawings and engineering calculations, Jewkes made a total of 160 drawings outside of his regular office work. As soon as he completed a major design aspect or finished detailed work, he would hand the drawings over to an engineer. Jewkes was PWD director when he designed and built Stadium Negara (1962), adjacent to Stadium Merdeka and the Merdeka Park. He continued to refer to this site as an “acropolis” in the middle of the city. A multi-purpose indoor stadium to be used for exhibitions, conventions, indoor games, concerts and even ice rink-shows, Stadium Negara was built to accommodate over 10,000 people. An engineering feat of its time, with a 300-foot diameter column-free space, with an innovative concave suspended roof system with a central circular truss ring held in place by cables from a larger concentric truss ring system. Badan Warisan deputy president Laurence Loh said:
"Although I never met the man, I feel as if I know him intimately in the context of his creations, viz. Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Negara, having been associated with their conservation since 2003. By having to prepare the conservation plans for both the stadia, I had to study the two buildings in depth over many years, down to the most minute detail. I have walked along the corridors and through the spaces he created in search of a way to understand his thought processes. I have felt his presence in the architectural details, the muted colours, his use of art, his contemporary materials and his plans. I had the chance to study, close up, the way he designed his buildings to respond to the tropical climate and I have learnt many valuable lessons. He was way ahead of his time, a genius that walked on Malaysian soil and gave it places with a spirit of place and depth of memory." Jewkes graduated as an engineer from the Institute of Civil Engineers after which he became an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. He served under Her Majesty’s Home Guard, where he held several positions throughout
HISTORICAL LANDMARKS: (1) Stadium Negara, (2) Stadium Merdeka during construction and (3) during the 50th Merdeka Day celebrations in 2007
Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid Badan Warisan Malaysia president
KL PAPA, MAMA discourage DIY maid-hire (July 4)
Tired of wasted effort I have lost count of the numb er of times I have been dissappointed by maid
recruiiting agencies. I have spent tens of thousands of ringgit and till today,
The Malay Mail-Dutch Lady HAMPER FOR CHARITY THE best opinion of the week as decided by the editor will win a hamper from Dutch Lady Malaysia for charitable institutions. Readers are encouraged to nominate charities deserving of this gesture. The Malay Mail will deliver the winning hamper.
Malaya and the Far East in the war against Japan. He received an O.B.E. from Queen Elizabeth II in 1958 for meritorious service to the United Kingdom. Malaysia owes a lot to Tan Sri Stanley Jewkes.
You have to do things yourself
I have yet to get a maid I am happy with. Half of them are ill-prepared for the work and some are not mentally or physically fit. The agencies will show you their biodata but when they arrive, you get something different. I have lost faith in most of these agencies as their agenda is just to make money. Now when their livelihood is threatened, they try to frighten us.
Licensed agencies are not reliable and many have suffered losses. It is better to DIY, which many of my friends are doing. At l e a s t , w e g e t w h o we want and not something else. Some even fly to Indonesia to interview maids and meet their families before making a decision. This ensures the maid is happy to serve their new employer with confidence.
KL Ambiga comes clean (June 28)
Putting nation in jeopardy TAKE the lead and condemn the proposed street demonstration. The mass media must get together and highlight on their front pages the disaster and chaos that will follow such a situation. The leaders/organisers must understand and realise they are putting the nation in jeopardy by their actions. There is no such thing as a peaceful demonstration or rally on the streets. From past experiences, we all know how such events can turn ugly and cause disturbances to the innocent rakyat. Street demonstrations are
not for Malaysia. This has back-fired in several countries causing loss of life, destruction to property and interfering with people's livelihood. We must learn from them and live peacefully instead of creating tension and problems. If a d emonst r at i on is necessary, have it inside a hall or stadium and not on the streets. The majority of Malaysians hate unrest of any kind. We all want to live in a stable and peaceful country. Anandh
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Phase One of the 1Malaysia Housing Programme involving the construction of 42,000 houses on 20 strategic sites was launched to help moderate-income Malaysians to own a house â€” Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak
Adibah, the best of 'em all
KUALA LUMPUR: NPC-NAZA AWARDS 2011
She joins Musa Scully in gaining high recognition in field of journalism By Faizal Nor Izham firstname.lastname@example.org
VETERAN academic writer and journalist Adibah Amin and former Bernama news editor Musa Scully received the highest recognition for their outstanding contributions to journalism in the country at the NPC-Naza Awards 2011 presentation at Hotel JW Marriot in Bukit Bintang last night. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak presented the
NPC-Ambank Media Legand Award to Adibah and the NPC-TM Lifetime Achievement Award to Musa. Both winners received RM10,000 and a plaque each. Adibah, 75, told The Malay Mail that her fondest memories in her career came from writing columns in The New Straits Times (NST) for 12 years. "What gave me the most joy
ALL ROUND SMILES: Redberry Group CEO Datuk Siew Ka Wei (right) and Nasarudin
was writing about Malaysianisms and all the funny everyday things we Malaysians get up to," she said. She also used to teach Bahasa Malaysia and English during her stint at TV3. "Working at NST holds a lot of fond memories for me in particular," she said. NPC-TM Lifetime Achievement Award winner Musa Scully was equally proud on being recognised for his work. "But what pleases me even more is to see people who used to work with me and for me become successful in their careers," he said. Musa, 69, does not believe in slowing down with age. He still works as a sub-editor at an online portal. Musa said he began his career as a journalist for the Straits Times in 1962 and then went on to work for The Malay Mail for several years. He eventually joined Bernama when it was launched in 1968 and became their first chief reporter as
LITERARY LAUREATE: Adibah, now confined to a wheel chair, receives her award and congratulations from Najib at last night's NPC-AmBank Media Legend Awards. Looking on is Ahirudin â€” Pic: Samsul Said
well as their first news editor. He later moved into public relations. "The highlight of my career was dealing with news, plain and simple," he said with a smile. "You have to appreciate news and what is constantly going on around you in order to excel in this field." He said journalists of this generation have far more op-
portunities due to their exposure to more modern forms of media such as visual and web-based media. The annual event was supported for a second time by title sponsor the Naza Group of Companies, along with AmBank Group, Celcom, Scomi and TM. Three new sponsors this year include Sime Darby, UEM Group Berhad and
Online journalists claim honours By ANDREW SAGAYAM email@example.com
JOURNALISTS from online portals were among winners at the NPC-Naza Awards 2011 last night. They received their prizes from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who was the guest of honour. NPC-Sime Darby Blogger of the Year 2011 went to Paul Tan (www.paultan.org). He received RM3,000 and a plaque. Tan, 27, from Kuantan, Pahang writes about the Malaysian and world automotive industry, covering cars, trucks and bikes while offering motoring tips. He also test drives and does reviews. He started in 2005 enjoying a quick rise in popularity, with
visits by over 490,000 people a who voted for me. Thank you all," month and with 3.3 million pa- she said. geviews. NPC-Celcom Media Personal"I am honoured a lot of people ity went to The Star group chief view my blog. What makes it even editor Datuk Seri Wong Chun better is that I blog out of my pas- Wai for his interview with Stesion for motoring," he said. phen Hawking, the worldNPC-UEM Online Journalist of the Year went to Aidila Razak from online news portal Malaysiakini. She received RM5,000 and a plaque. "I am honoured by the award and would like to thank all who voted me in," she said. NPC-Scomi Journalist of the Year went to Shahanaz Habib from The Star. She received RM10,000 and a plaque. Melissa Ong "I am touched by all those Aidila Razak
renowned British theoretical physicist and cosmologist. "As a senior person in the industry, I am more than honoured to receive such an award from my respected peers," he said.
Maxis Berhad. Also present were Najib's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Naza Group of Companies Joint Group executive chairman SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, newly-elected National Press Club (NPC) president Mokhtar Hussain and former NPC president and blogger Datuk Ahirudin Attan, known popularly as Rocky Bru.
RECIPIENTS OF THE NPC-NAZA AWARDS 2011 NPC-TM Lifetime Achievement Award Former Bernama news editor Musa Scully NPC-Ambank Media Legend Award Academic, writer and journalist Adibah Amin NPC-Scomi Journalist of the Year Shahanaz Habib (The Star) NPC-UEM Online Journalist of the Year Aidila Razak (Malaysiakini) NPC-Celcom Young Journalist of the Year Melissa Ong (NTV7) NPC-Sime Darby Blogger of the Year Paul Tan (www.paultan.org) NPC-Tan Sri Nasimuddin SM Amin 1Malaysian of the Year National cyclist Azizulhasni Awang NPC-Celcom Media Personality The Star group chief editor Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai
Wong Chun Wai
NPC-Maxis Media Icon Former NPC president Datuk Ahirudin Attan
Ben Ali gets second jail sentence A TUNIS court yesterday sentenced ousted Tunisian president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in his absence to 15 years in jail for possession of arms, drugs and archaeological artefacts. In his second trial since fleeing to Saudi Arabia following a popular uprising in January. He was also given a fine of €54,000 (RM235,000). He and wife Leila Trabelsi had already been sentenced last month to 35 years in prison for misappropriating public funds. — AFP
Deadlock in Libyan talks THE Libyan government said yesterday it was in talks with opposition figures but there seemed little chance of a swift end to the conflict as both sides stuck to entrenched positions on the fate of Muammar Gaddafi. The leader's son Seif al-Islam, in combative form, told a French newspaper there was no question of negotiating an end to his father's 42-year rule, while the rebels renewed their demand that he go now. — Reuters NEW YORK
Champ devours 62 hot dogs JOEY "Jaws" Chestnut put away 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes yesterday to win a US gorging contest worthy of ancient Rome, earning the coveted mustard-yellow belt for the fifth consecutive time. A fabled stop on the world's puzzlingly fascinating competitive eating tour, "Nathan's Famous" hot dog parlour in New York's suitably cheesy Coney Island hosts the exercise in sheer gluttony each Independence Day holiday. Chestnut, a California native who at 183cm tall and 99kg is far from the obese American one might assume, prepares seriously for each event and regards himself as a trained athlete. —AFP
Nigeria's state security service said yesterday it had arrested more than 100 suspected members of radical Islamist sect Boko Haram — AFP BANGKOK
No threat of a coup
Thai military 'accepts' opposition win in polls THAILAND'S powerful military will respect a landslide election win by allies of Thaksin Shinawatra, who it toppled five years ago, the defence minister said yesterday, easing fears of another coup. Thaksin's sister Yingluck Shinawatra, a 44-year-old political novice now set to become the kingdom's first female premier, announced a coalition deal with four smaller parties to bolster her hold on power. The election and its aftermath is a major test of Thailand's ability to emerge from a long political crisis triggered by Thaksin's 2006 overthrow that last year saw the country's worst civil violence in decades. Thailand's outgoing defence minister, himself a retired general, said that the army accepted the election outcome, easing fears of fresh military intervention in a country that has seen almost as many coups as elections. "I have talked to military
NEW LEADER: Yingluck (centre) who is set to become the kingdom's first female prime minister prior to meeting with possible coalition partners in Bangkok yesterday. Allies of Thailand's fugitive former leader Thaksin Shinawatra said they were forming a governing coalition with four smaller parties after an election victory. — AFPpic
leaders. We will allow politicians to work it out. The military will not get involved," General Prawit Wongsuwon told media. "The people have spoken clearly so the military cannot do anything. We accept it."
Thaksin has vowed not to seek revenge over a deadly military crackdown on his "Red Shirt" supporters in Bangkok last year that claimed the lives of more than 90 people and left major downtown buildings in flames.
But, in a sign of the difficult balancing act he faces, the Reds urged their political allies to establish the facts behind the army operation, which saw soldiers firing live ammunition storm the Reds' rally camp. — AFP
Prince William 'crash lands' Sea King helicopter PRINCE WILLIAM splashed down on a Prince Edward Island lake yesterday in a massive Sea King helicopter for an emergency water landing drill, on the fifth day of a landmark Canadian tour with his wife Catherine. William, whose day job is a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot in Anglesey, Wales, was taking part in a "waterbirding" exercise midway through the British royal couple's official visit, after arriving for a private reception in nearby Charlottetown, capital of Prince Edward Island, on Sunday evening. The controlled landing procedure was developed in Canada in the event of engine failure while military helicopters scout for enemy submarines or during search and rescue operations. A half dozen members
DARING STUNT: Prince William showed off his "waterbirding," skills, an emergency water landing procedure in a Sea King helicopter — AFPpic
of William's air force unit have come here each year to learn the manoeuvre, Major Patrick MacNamara, navigator on William's training exercise, told media. "He'd heard a lot about it from his mates back home and wanted to try it," he said. As Kate looked on nervously from the shores of
Dalvay By The Sea, a historic hotel site 50km from the PEI capital, William took the controls of the military whirlybird and dove it into a small lake, then skimmed along the water like a duck before taking off vertically. "That was cool!" screamed an onlooker. Canadian Forces Major Mark Kotzer explained it
was "very important for the pilot (William) to keep the tail rotor out of the water," as the prince repeated the procedure a dozen times. On t he f if t h l anding , William shut off one of the Sea King's two engines to simulate engine failure, coming in faster and harder and kicking up a mist of lake water over the hundreds of fans watching from shore. He also tried a few blind landings, using only the helicopter's onboard instruments. "It was extremely well done," said Kotzer. "He was hav ing quite a bit of f un," obs er ved MacNamara af ter wards. "And he certainly knows what he's doing in an aircraft," he added, describing William's landings as "very crisp." — AFP
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Italy queries Standard and Poor's ITALY'S securities market regulator (Consob) questioned officials from ratings agency Standard and Poor's (S&P) yesterday about the timing and sourcing of a statement on the country's austerity plans. A Consob spokesman said S&P representatives answered questions for some two hours on the timing of last week's statement, which sparked fresh fears over the future of heavily indebted Italy, and the sources it was based on. They will now submit more documents and the inquiry will continue, the spokesman added. The unprecedented decision to call in S&P came after the introduction of new European guidelines that allow regulators to question ratings agency moves, Consob said on Saturday. S&P on Friday warned — while the markets were still open — that attempts by Italy to correct its public finances faced "risks," a day after the government's adoption of a €47 billion (RM205b) austerity plan. — AFP LONDON
Quit-smoking drug may cause heart problems HEALTHY, middle-aged smokers who take Pfizer's Chantix or Champix, one of the most popular quit-smoking drugs on the market, have a higher risk of suffering heart attacks or other serious heart problems, a study disclosed yesterday. British and American scientists analysed 14 clinical trials of Champix, sold as Chantix in the US and known generically as varenicline, and found the likelihood of developing serious heart problems resulting in hospitalisation, disability or death was almost 72 per cent higher in patients taking the drug. The researchers urged US drug regulators, who have already issued warnings about Chantix's safety in certain patient groups, to take note of these new findings. "I think our new research shifts the risk-benefit profile of varenicline," said Sonal Singh of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who led the research and published it in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. — Reuters
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Bombers and gunmen launched a string of attacks against security forces across Iraq, killing at least eight police and soldiers and wounding 20 others — Reuters
16-year 'Potter' partnership ends HARRY POTTER author J.K. Rowling (pic) said yesterday she had ended her 16-year association with the literary agent who helped to launch the multi-million-selling series of books about the boy wizard. Christopher Little began working with Rowling in 1 9 9 5 , a lt hou g h it to ok until August 1996 to find a publisher for her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Their partnership lasted through the seven-book s e r i e s , w h i ch s ol d 4 0 0 million copies and made Rowling into one of the richest women in the world. But just days before the final film based on the books hits the big screen, the author confirmed their working relationship had come to an end, without giving any further explanation. "We can conf i r m t h at J. K . Rowling has terminated her association with the Christopher Little Literar y Agency," said a statement from a public relations agency on Rowling's
behalf. "This was a painful decision, especially as Ms Rowling had actively sought a different outcome for some weeks. However, it was not taken without good reason and it finally became unavoidable." Har r y Pot te r and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final film in the epic saga starring Daniel Radcliffe as Harry and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, has its world premiere in London on Thursday. Rowling laid down her pen, and Harr y's magic wand, when she finished the seventh book in 2007. But the author has yet to let go of her creation. Last month she unveiled an interactive website featuring new material about Potter's world, and an nou nc e d t hat h i s a d v e ntu re s would be sold as e-books for the first time. The free website, www.pottermore.com, will go live from July 31 for one million Potter fans who pass a special online challenge, and to the general public from October. — AFP
Radiohead tests China's controlled web OUTSPOKEN British rock group Radiohead, which has been critical of China's human rights record, appears to be testing the country's censored Internet by opening a Chinese microblog account. Tens of thousands of people have begun following a verified account in the name of the Oxford-based band, which was set up on Friday on Sina Weibo, the most popular microblog site in the country where censors block Twitter. "Testing the Weibo," reads the only message posted on the account. That message was forwarded by more than 10,000 people, drew nearly 4,200 comments and had attracted almost 60,000 followers by yesterday. Many Chinese Radiohead fans said they hoped the
account was a sign the band might be planning their first concert in mainland China. "I wish I could see you in my lifetime," one fan commented. However, a tour seems extremely unlikely in China, where Beijing must approve all bands before they perform. An official green light would be unlikely for Radiohead, w ho have pl aye d Tib et Freedom concerts and supported jailed democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, the winner of last year's Nobel Peace Prize. Chinese authorities have become even more cautious about allowing Western music acts to perform since Iceland's Bjork closed a 2008 show in Shanghai by shouting "Tibet!" at the end of her song "Declare Independence". — AFP
FANATICAL: Fans of Lady Gaga, dressed in costumes similar to what the diva uses, posed for a photo in Taipei yesterday — AFP
Taiwan goes Gaga
6,000 'Little Monsters' turn up for powerful diva's concert LADY GAGA promised her legions of fans yesterday she would be back to hold an Asian tour next year, after thousands of "Little Monsters" turned out for her first-ever performance in Taiwan. The American pop star, dressed in typically flamboyant style in a black suit and a wig with three white roses attached, said she had been taken aback by the huge crowd that came to hear her in the central city of
Taichung on Sunday. It had officially been declared "Lady Gaga Day" in her honour, with 6,000 people packed into an open air theatre on a humid night and another 40,000 watching on a huge screen outside. "I had such a wonderful time last night. I couldn't believe so many people came there," she told hundreds of eager reporters squeezed into the ballroom of a hotel in Taipei. Organisers had previous-
ly expected a turnout of 4,000 fans, known as "Little Monsters", at the gathering, which was part of a promotional tour of Taiwan for her new album Born This Way. "I played almost an hour and 20 minutes. Normally my concert was about two hours, so the performance last night was almost a full concert," Lady Gaga said, adding that she had sung nine songs rather than four. Asked if she had any plans to come back to Taiwan soon,
Greenpeace ship 'Rainbow Warrior' III debuts GREENPEACE unveiled a new weapon in its campaign against environmental destruction on Monday, a €23 million (RM100m) ship dubbed the Rainbow Warrior III. The state-of-the-art vessel went afloat in Berne-Motzen in northern Germany ahead of its official launch to mark Greenpeace's 40th birthday in October. The original Rainbow Warrior, a converted fishing trawler, was sunk by French agents in New Zealand in 1985 while attempting to stop nuclear testing in the Pacific. The second is more than 50 years old and is being retired after having been "rammed, raided and bombed" in numerous campaigns against nuclear testing, over-fishing and illegal
she said: "I'll tour all over Asia. I promise. I will be back and you'll see a full show." The 25-year-old diva, ranked this year's most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine, is among the most popular international entertainers in Taiwan and her visit made the front pages of major newspapers. She was to leave Taiwan late yesterday, one day earlier than scheduled, organisers said. She heads to Singapore next. — AFP
WATER WEAPON: The new 'Rainbow Warrior III' sailing ship pulled out of the dry dock at the Fassmer shipyard in Berne-Motzen, northern Germany, yesterday. The vessel will be the first 'Rainbow Warrior' not converted from another vessel. — AFPpic
logging, Greenpeace says. The 58-metre-long Rainbow Warrior III is the first to be built from scratch to its own specifications. The boat is powered by sails on its 50-metre masts, by an electric motor allowing it to
reach a top speed of 18 km/h and a diesel engine giving it 28 km/h. "It's a symbol of our fight," said Greenpeace Germany member Christian Bussau. — AFP
Smurfs stolen from supermarket A 13-year-old Belgian boy and his mother who made off with armfuls of toy Smurfs have been nabbed with the haul of small blue heroes. The heist took place Friday in a supermarket outside Ghent. As the mother stood watch, the teenager stuffed bundles of Smurf toys into his clothes before the two left the store. But they were caught on camera and confessed, police said. T h e heist ran up to almost €600 (RM2,600). — AFP
Austrian youths big money find IN Salzburg two youths discovered more than €10,000 (RM43,000) in an envelope and handed the money in to the Salzburg lost and found bureau yesterday, Austrian officials said. "We were surprised ourselves by the size of the find," bureau head Kurt Hinteregger said. "That doesn't happen every day." The youths, 15-year-old pupils from Feldkirch in western Austria who were on a school trip, get to keep the money if the rightful owner does not show up within a year. — Reuters
Kenya's declining flower power KENYA'S flower earnings for this year will fall short of the projected target due to a weak shilling and the prevailing euro zone crisis, Jane Ngige the chief executive of the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) said yesterday. Flower exports account for more than half of the country's horticulture export earnings, the biggest source of foreign exchange last year ahead of exports of black tea and tourism. — Reuters
Post-Galliano Dior turns eclectic Christian Dior, taking its time finding a successor to John Galliano, firmly distanced itself from the disgraced British designer yesterday with an eclectic collection at the Paris haute couture shows. Four months after firing Galliano over alleged racist slurs, Dior tasked his longtime right-hand man Bill Gaytten to oversee a show inspired by everything from early 1980s Paris nightlife to the architect Frank Gehry. — AFP
Fitch ratings agency yesterday upgraded Romania's long-term ratings by one notch, citing recovery in its public finances and improved economic performance — AFP
Violent book debate
New method reduces multiple-births risk in IVF
Israelis protest questioning of rabbis behind racist publication SOME 2,000 religious Jews demonstrated outside Israel's Supreme Court yesterday, protesting against the recent arrest of two leading rabbis who allegedly endorsed a racist book. In the past week, police have detained, questioned and released the two rabbis as part of an ongoing investigation into a book called The King's Torah, that justifies killing non-Jews under certain circumstances. The arrests have sparked violent protests and a raging debate about whether the rabbis are above the law and the limits of religious freedom of expression. "I have come here to bring the message that the laws of the Torah are above the laws" of the State, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, a controversial rabbi from the northern city of Safed, told media. Eliyahu outraged many people last year when he issued a religious ruling that said Jews
should not rent or sell property to Arabs. At yesterday's protest, several leading rabbis addressed the crowd from in front of a banner reading: "For the honour and independence of the Torah. Protesting against the arrest of the great rabbis." On the sidelines of the protest some were selling copies of the book, which has been banned for sale in Israel. Others wore stickers bearing the slogan: "The King's Torah — It's my code of ethics." But many also said they did not support the message of the book at all, but had come to support the rabbis. "I came because I am shocked that they arrested our rabbis," said Daniel Dannon, 19, a Yeshiva or seminary student. "But most of the people here are against this book which is an embarrassment and should never have been published." The King's Torah has stirred up controversy since its publication last year. In August,
RADICAL: Jewish Orthodox supporters carrying rabbi Yaakov Yosef after his release by Israeli police in Jerusalem last month. Police are investigating authors and supporters of the radical book, 'The King's Torah' — AFP
its co-author settler rabbi Yosef Elitzur was arrested on suspicion of incitement to violence. But he was freed without charge days later after a court found that police had not followed proper procedure. The book reportedly says babies and children of Israel's enemies may be killed in certain circumstances since "it is clear that they will grow to harm us".
Strauss-Kahn unlikely to make presidential bid FRANCE'S Socialist Party said yes- she planned to file a complaint against terday Dominique Strauss-Kahn is Strauss-Kahn today for allegedly tryunlikely to enter next year's presidential ing to rape her in early 2003 when she race, despite the weakening of the sex was 22. assault case against him in New York. Strauss-Kahn had been viewed as Party spokesman Benoit Hamon the left's best chance of defeating consaid the idea that he could now run servative President Nicolas Sarkozy in for the presidency was "the weakest" April next year, but his shock arrest in of all possible scenarios for the former mid-May on attempted rape charges has IMF chief 's political future. meant the Socialists have had to press However, if he opted to on without him. make a late entry in the Strauss-Kahn's abrupt reverSocialists' October prisals of fortune have angered mary, after the July 13 many supporters, who saw deadline for candidates to the New York police's deciregister, the party leadership sion to parade him after would not block it, Hamon his arrest, dishevelled said. and in handcuffs, as "Let's leave Dominique "trial by media" and Strauss-Kahn some breatha gross violations of ing space and let him his rights. speak once he is ready," he Strauss-Kahn told a news conference. is confined to In another twist that the United States could hurt his come- AT LIBERTY: Strauss-Kahn and ahead of his next back prospects, a law- wife seen leaving their New York court hearing yer for French writer on July 18. — apartment for a jaunt in the city Tristane Banon said Reuters recently — AFP
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It also says that non-Jews are "not compassionate by nature" and attacks on them "curb their evil inclination". "Anywhere where the influence of gentiles constitutes a threat to the life of Israel, it is permissible to kill them," the rabbis wrote. The book has also drawn sharp criticism from many rabbis who say it contradicts the teachings of Judaism. — AFP
SWEDISH doctors yesterday presented a new method they say dramatically reduces the risk of multiple births from in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) . The technique would help doctors determine the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby through IVF, they said. At present, fertility clinics tend to transfer several embryos to the uterus to boost the chance of a live birth, but this often leads to multiple pregnancies. "There are other prediction models, but this is the first that differentiates between the chance of pregnancy if you transfer either one or two embryos and also calculates the risk of twins," Jan Holte of the Carl von Linne clinic in Uppsala told media. With this model, "when it is time for transferring embryos, if we see that the twin risk is too high, we only transfer one embryo and we freeze the others," he explained. Over four years since 2004, his clinic transferred 3,410 embryos. The model helped slash the rate of twins in IVF pregnancies from about 26 per cent in a preceding four-year period, to 1.9 per cent. — AFP
Huge rare earth deposits found in Pacific Japanese Japanese geologists geologists havehave located located vast deposits vast deposits of rare of rare earth minerals, earth minerals, crucial crucial in making in making high-tech high-tech electronics, electronics, on the on thePacific Pacific Ocean Ocean floor. floor. The deposits, The deposits, thought thought to be to be around 1,000 around 1,000times times those those on land, on land, couldcould challenge challenge China’s global China’s global monopoly monopoly overover production production AREEARTH EARTH RESERVES RESERVES ON LAND ON LAND RARE R (tonnes) (tonnes) 55m 55m China China 19m 19m CIS* CIS* Total Total 13m 13m U.S U.S
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TuesDay 5 JuLY, 2011
SO things are not looking too good in the office and all you could think of is an escape. At home, nothing much is happenning and staying in Kuala Lumpur for the entire weekend can just induce you to commit suicide. Outside, the traffic is not going to improve and you're stuck in a roundabout in your own mind. You do not have much time though, and you do not have the fund to 'run' that far. The solution is simple. If you have your own car, all you need to do is start the engine and drive south. The destination? Try Malacca. What? You don't think it's a good idea? Well, rest assured that you are in for a great ride. Think about it, if you have an X amount of money to spend outside the country, you might just get a so-so holiday with perhaps an average accommodation with that neither-herenor-there kind of experience. Chances are, the big bulk
The Majestic Malacca LOCATED in the Heritage Site of Malacca, this hotel features an outdoor pool and a spa. Its spacious rooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows and free WiFi. Situated along the banks of the Melaka River, The Majestic Malacca Hotel is one kilometre from A’Famosa. Fitted with wooden flooring, rooms at The Majestic Malacca feature marble bathrooms with a luxurious bathtub and rainshower. Comforts include a flat-screen TV and a minibar.
Guests can exercise in the hotel’s fitness centre or relax with a massage at the Spa Village Malacca. The hotel’s library offers a quiet spot for reading. Local specialities such as Nyonya cuisine are featured at Majestic Malacca Hotel’s The Mansion Restaurant. It might be a little pricey for some, but the experience is worth every sen. Right in front of the entrance is the Malacca river, and across it is Kampung Morten (it was featured in Entrapment, the movie that stars Catherine Zeta Jones
and Sean Connery). Yes, from The Majestic, you can also catch a boat to enjoy Malacca by river (day and night).
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ADDRESS: 88 Jalan Bunga Raya, 75100 Malacca Tel: 03-27831000
Casa Del Rio IF you take the boat ride from The Majestic area heading towards the popular Jonkers and Heeren area, you're definitely not going to miss this brand new boutique hotel called Casa del Rio. It is the only hotel located directly on the banks of the stately Melaka River. Casa del Rio, Spanish for 'Home by the River', is, as the Press release describes it, “a mansion of opulence” ideally located on Jalan Kota Laksamana, only a twominute walk from the popular Jonkers Walk and the heritage attractions of Malacca. Casa del Rio is the newest addition to The Boutique Collection by HPL Hotels and Resorts (the company also manages the Hard Rock Hotels and Concorde Ho-
tels). This is a perfect getaway for everyone – in particular busy working executives (especially those with 'issues' at the office), families and groups of friends looking for a peaceful sanctuary to call their ‘home away from home’. The hotel boasts a buildup of 66 guest rooms and suites, split level bedrooms and private balconies; all overlooking the Melaka River. You know what? Hard Rock Cafe is also expected to be opened in Malacca within the next couple of years and the site is also pretty near Casa del Rio. ADDRESS: Casa del Rio Melaka 88, Jalan Kota Laksamana 75200 Malacca Tel: 06-2896888 Fax: 06-2896999
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penchant for nostalgia. You should also be reminded that it has been 600 years since the Portugese took over Malacca (1,511 to be exact), and your trip might also be a great way to re-acquaint yourself with a place that is seen as the beginning of so many things. If you've never been to that historical State (where everything started), you'd definitely get the kick out of discovering all the things that you might not get by just reading your geography or history book. As well-travelled people would tell you, it is not really about the destination, but the experience and the entire journey that might just make all the difference. Anyway, it takes less than half an hour to get to Malacca, and if you do not intend to drive, there's always the bus and the taxi. Then decide on the right place for you to stay. The X amount that might have been spent on flight ticket, could now
be used to check in at among the most luxurious places in Malacca. Once you are settled, you can walk, drive, try the boat ride and just about anything that you'd do when you're travelling elsewhere. With the Malacca Government efforts to create a more conducive environment for tourists and travellers, you're bound to be greeted with pleasant surprises. By the way, excavations are still taking place in some parts of the city and you might just be witness to new discoveries. Food? Well, you'd be mad if you think that Malacca has nothing much to offer. If you love mingling with the crowd, enjoy the night market at Jonker's Walk and you'd definitely feel uplifted. Malacca's night life is very much alive and kicking too. Still, let's find you a nice place to stay first. Here are a few suggestions (these places are currently among the hotspots for many foreigners too):
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The Stable THIS might be one of the best kept secrets of Malacca. The Stable is yet another sanctuary in the hub of Malacca’s historical precinct, between Heeren Street, once a narrow street filled with wealthy colonial residences and the famous Jonker Street. The Stable is a smart, witty and charming reinvention of what used to be a horse stable (built during the 16th century Dutch occupation of Malacca). Original wooden beams dance around richly-textured rooms of rough exposed bricks, Peranakan tiles, louvered windows and reclaimed lumber floor. With a collision of influences — from the modern to the baroque to the local
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ADDRESS: No. D, Jalan Ha 75200 Malacca EMAIL: enquiries@mus CONTACT: David Chang: 0 Soon Lum: 012 012-6235459
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units of longish residence with an interior that opens into a courtyard. Its design is typically influenced by the Chinese Baroque and Chinese Palladian Style. The Baba House is embellished with hardwood furniture of Chinese Victorian and Dutch design. ADDRESS: No.121-127 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Malacca
ORIGINALLY built in 1882, this historic Peranakan house has been renovated and is now one of the most popular hotels in the Malacca area. The hotel houses elegant rooms and is located on Hang Jebat Street, which is renowned for its antiques and great restaurants. Each room is spacious and comfortable with all the neccessary amenities. It features Helonica Garden Café which is perfect for sipping afternoon tea and the main restaurant Galeri, serving fine international and local dishes as well as imported wine. Hotel Puri Melaka features a Spa Centre which is located in the grounds of the hotel and is a great way to relax and pamper yourself after a long day. The hotel is a restored Peranakan house which once belonged to the decendants of an eminent philanthropist and rubber plantation owner, Tan Kim Seng. Extending 100 metres long, its distinct characteristics are its beautiful and intricately decorated façade and the impressive length of the house. Retaining its old charm, Hotel Puri Melaka provides modern amenities to its hotel guests. ADDRESS: 118, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia Tel: 06-2817388
45 Lekiu THIS is yet another 'clandestine' place that would only attract those in the know. It is rather pricey for some but hey, if you want to go with style, why not go all the way, right? Located in the heart of Malacca’s UNESCO World Heritage site, the 1941 pre-war art deco building has been restored into a stylish abode epitomising a new luxury. It is smart, pared down and tampered with healthy dose of wit and charm while maintaining its old world quaintness. Generous in size and stylish in every detail, the entire look is a fusion of beauty, luxury and comfort with
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ADDRESS: 45, Jalan Hang 75200 Malacca EMAIL: enquiries@mus CONTACT: David Chang: 0 Soon Lum: 012 012-6235459
The Malay Mail Tuesday 5 JULY, 2011
Deeply flavourful, fragrant dish IF you are wondering what best describes the Ayam Serai Wangi, the latest sensation to arrive at The Chicken Rice Shop, imagine a dish which fits right smack in between the Ayam Masak Merah and Rendang Ayam. The dish created by renowned chef, Datuk Ismail Ahmad (Chef Ismail) encapsulates the aroma and flavours of lemongrass infused with ginger roots and spices. “I was inspired to use serai or lemongrass as it is a widely used ingredient in many Malaysian dishes and many enjoy the unique flavour and fragrance it brings to a meal. I feel that customers would enjoy this new offering, which is made using a number of traditional Malay spices and quality ingredients,” Chef Ismail said. Such strong flavours are
By Eena Houzyama email@example.com best accompanied with the simple yet tasty chicken rice, and served with a side dish of tofu with oyster sauce, soup of the day and perhaps some vegetables of your choice. But whether you are eating for one, two or as a family of four, be assured that The Chicken Rice Shop offers
QUALITY ASSURED: The dish is made using traditional Malay spices
customers a variety of meal packages to choose from. For those curious to know how long it took Chef Ismail to create the Ayam Serai Wangi, well, he admitted of having put the dish through multiple stages of tasting to ensure the best quality is presented to customers. “Quality control is very important in order to ensure the best taste possible, so the dish went through a number of trials and quality testings before I was fully satisfied with the taste,” he said. The Ayam Serai Wangi promotion will be available at your nearest The Chicken Rice Shop till end of July.
Flaunt your fashion sense on the runway and win extra cash!
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Building on the successful partnership last year, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) once again joins forces with Visa to offer shoppers from all over the world multiple chances of winning prepaid credit and cash vouchers under its Hong Kong Summer Spectacular programme this year, happening now until Aug 31. The HKTB and Visa will jointly stage the 'Visa Go Hong Kong Super Shopper' contest for the second time to showcase Hong Kong as Asia’s top cutting-edge trendsetting fashion destination. Be the most chic and stylish duo to represent Malaysia at the contest on Aug 30 and 31, and battle it out with other teams from key visitor source
markets such as Mainland China, India, South Korea, and the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand to be the ultimate 'Hong Kong Super Shopper' and win HK$200,000 (RM77,000) Visa spending credit with the most impressive fashion makeover. Armed with nothing more than the advice from professional stylists, an undying passion for style and fashion and a preloaded Visa Card, participating teams will trawl the streets of Hong Kong to hunt for trendy and unique fashion pieces — from dresses to accessories — for a stylish makeover, that will charm a panel of judges as they flaunt their fashion sense on the runway, to show the world what they have got to be the
ultimate 'Hong Kong Super Shopper'! In Malaysia, HKTB is working jointly with ntv7's Bella to select the lucky Malaysian team to participate in the contest. To get a shot at becoming the ultimate Hong Kong Super Shopper, simply tune in to ntv7's Bella every Sunday from July 3 to 17 at 1.30pm; and Thursday from July 7 to 14 at from 11.30am; and answer a question related to Hong Kong posted at the end of each show. Compile the answers to all five questions. Take a 'before and after' fashion makeover photo of yourself and your
team member in your most creative fashion style and pose. Complete the slogan “I want Bella to send me on a shopping spree in Hong Kong because…” in less than 20 words. Email your answers to all five questions, your 'before and after' fashion makeover shot and completed slogan to HKsupershopper@gmail.com before July 24. The entry with the correct answers, the most attractive fashion makeover photo and best slogan will win an all expense paid trip to Hong Kong for 3D/2N for two, and be eligible to participate in the 'Visa Go Hong Kong Super Shopper' contest in Hong Kong on Aug 30 and 31. Visit http://www. facebook.com/Bellantv7 for more information.
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Projecting brilliance By Loong Wai Ting firstname.lastname@example.org Dreaming of having your own theatre and watching all your favourite movies to your heart's content? Well, your dream can actually come true thanks to Canon that has been hard at work to strengthen itself in the technology market. Recently, Canon introduced its advanced LCD projectors that cater to budget-conscious consumers at One World Hotel, Bandar Utama. Canon unveiled among of its best, including the 1280 X 800 WXGA widescreen model, the LV-8225; and the 1024 X 768 XGA resolution category, LV-7490, LV-7390, LV-7295 and LV-7290. The LV series is designed to suit business as well as academic purposes for seamless performance. "At Canon, we believe in quality. We are committed to deliver high quality imaging solutions for our customers
FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE: (From left) A model with LV series Projector; Sandy Lee, senior marketing manager of Consumer System Products Division; K.K.Leong, assistant director of Market Engineering Department; Ling; Yap Phei Leen, assistant marketing manager of Consumer System Products Division; and another model
that is worth their money. "You can't compromise quality with price," Canon Marketing Malaysia director of consumer system product division, Donny Ling, said.
The new LCD projectors come with extended lamp life and time-to-filter replacements that can reduce the amount of cycle for servicing. Best of all, the Power
Management mode will help consumers save on power and prolong the lamp's life. The new LV series can be easily configured for use in rooms, where white walls or
screens are not available. The Colour Board that comes with it enables consumers to adjust its colour setting to maintain a vivid presentation. The LCD projectors are
available in all Canon dealer outlets, starting from RM2,388 (recommended retail price) onwards. For more information on the product, visit www. canon-asia.com
The smartphone that rocked tech universe All around the world, millions are clamouring to get their hands on the next generation quintessential smartphone that will revolutionise and redefine smartphones altogether. Operating in a market, where people most essentially want faster, slimmer and more powerful mobile devices, the Samsung’s GALAXY S II has become the most anticipated smartphone by far. The build up to its arrival has far superseded that of pop culture, its icons and the pop music in itself. The Samsung GALAXY S II has, even before making its official footing, established a culture — creating a desire for consumers to be part of the larger Samsung GALAXY S II race.
The expectation of its arrival in Malaysia has been long awaited; as global conversations of its features, style and iconic representation is vast and extensive on the World Wide Web. The few fortunate enough to review this second coming have sung its praises as “the best Android smartphone yet, but more importantly, it might just be the best smartphone to date.” Around the world, this telephonic phenomenon garnered over three million pre-orders within just a onemonth period. At home in Korea, the launch of the Samsung GALAXY S II exceeded expectations queues in the thousands from early in the morning, of excited consumers waiting to be part of the Samsung
GALAXY S II culture, flooded most major Samsung retail outlets, causing more buzz than anticipated. But what is it that puts this android in such high demand, with amazing reviews from all around the world? The Samsung GALAXY S II is purported to be the fastest android ever released. Pumping at the heart of this communications beast pulses a dual-core-processing powering the Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform, enhancing the users rich multimedia and data communication features. The ultra clear screen is the next-generation SuperAMOLED-Plus, made from Corning’s Gorilla Glass which is damage-resistant, environmentally friendly and super responsive to the touch of the
finger. Not only is the Samsung GALAXY S II the fastest and clearest smartphone ever, it is also the slimmest and lightest ever. The Samsung GALAXY S II proves that now, where smartphones are concerned, you don’t have to be a ‘trekkie’ or a ‘techie’ to be this ‘trendy’. With a user-friendly interface, high powered speed and crystal clear images all packaged in lightweight yet super strong housing, there is a little wonder why this gadget has become the talk of the town. For more information, stay tuned to the Samsung Univez Facebook page at http:// www.facebook.com/#!/SamsungUnivez and Samsung official website http://www. samsung.com/my.
What's New Positivity through art movement in society
20lifestyle Youth Express was an initiative by Dell & Microsoft Malaysia to encourage creative expression of art and design amongst youths. Five young and creative Malaysian artists were chosen by Dell to inspire the public with their positive artistic expression during the YOUnity Street Festival, which took place in Jalan Sultan Ismail recently. One of the artists was Tha-B, pioneer of the Super Sunday Concept Gear and the graffiti art scene in Malaysia, specialising mainly in typography.
PROLIFIC ARTIST: Kenji in
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Another outstanding entry at Youth Express
They's strong expression of his art
Tha-B is currently manages a luxury watch brand’s boutique in KL and is selective on the type of jobs he takes on. Kenji, a prolific artist who designs
cute, cartoonish characters and fuses it with graffiti skills, is a graphic designer by day and also founded his concept store Black Fryday. Waser, is an aspiring young man whose graffiti typography skills is exclusively his own. They has a long list of achievements which includes painting on the roof for the Malaysia Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. They is also a strong advocate for the indie art movement in South East Asia while Newba has over the past decade acquired sound skills in lettering, influenced heavily by New York style-writing, the bedrock for graffiti art. His piece, Boy and his Dell was a hit among photographers during the event. All the participating artists viewed the Youth Express initiative as a genuine collaboration to promote art and posi-
COOL ART: Boy and his Dell by Newba is part of the backdrop
tive values, and a chance for them to correct people’s views on graffiti being vandalism. The public also had a chance to join in the fun as Dell representatives invited everyone who has an interest in art to express themselves openly. Other activities include a Dell product demo, Dell + Microsoft Malaysia Youth Express challenges, and a meet-andgreet session with local band Pesawat who was performing at the event.
Experience the Mega Sale madness at Mutiara Damansara Kicking off on June 15 to Aug 31, bargain hunters can shop till they drop and take advantage of the many discounts and promotions offered by Mutiara Damansara Commercial Centre (MDCC) in conjunction with the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival. Shoppers can visit the extensive range of retail outlets at the Curve, Malaysia’s first pedestrianised lifestyle shopping mall and IPC Shopping Centre, which carries a full range of lifestyle and household products. Madam Adele D. Flores,
centre manager of the Curve, said, “As an annual event, the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival is something that all shoppers can look forward to each year. "We are committed to ensuring that they enjoy their shopping at the Curve and with the wide range of outlets at MDCC offering attractive promotions, shoppers are sure to benefit.” Evelyn Tan, centre manager of IPC Shopping Centre, added, “We are certain that shoppers will enjoy all that the Curve and IPC have to offer. The host of sales and discounts for this year’s
Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival will provide shoppers with great deals and they will be able to find the best bargains at MDCC.” In conjunction with the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival, shoppers at MDCC who spend a minimum of RM250 in cash or any credit card on a maximum of two receipts in a single day will be rewarded with a RM10 Cash Voucher and are entitled to one redemption per day while stocks last. The vouchers are redeem-
able at any participating outlets at the Curve and IPC Shopping Centre. There are also exciting promotions at IPC Shopping Centre, where shoppers can expect offers and discounts from all participating outlets in the areas of home furnishing, home appliances, bedding, beauty and health, fashion and IT categories. For more information on the Mega Sale at MDCC, call 03-77106868 for the Curve and 03-77207333 for IPC Shopping Centre.
What’sUp KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia International Jewellery Fair
It's all about the bling bling at the fair, which will be happening from July 7 to 10 from 11am until 7pm. Visit http://www.elite.com.my for more details or call 0358911157 for enquiries.
KUALA LUMPUR: 1Malaysia Mega Sale
The 1Malaysia Mega Sale is now on until Aug 31 in all participated stores and malls all over Malaysia. Get your bargain shopping now! For more information, contact 03-26158188 or visit http://www.tourism. gov.my for more information.
KUALA LUMPUR: Charity Carnival
There will be a Real Community Charity Carnival at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil car park A on July 17 from 10am till 4pm, held to garner donations and more for the underprivileged and orphan homes. if you like to help out, email Molly Brown at email@example.com.
SELANGOR: Help the animals at PAWS
The PAWS Animal Welfare Society would appreciate your household throwaways for the centre.
So if you have some cash to spare, donations to be used for food, medicines, shelter repairs and more, bring them over to PAWS today! Other items in need include newspapers, canned or dry pet food, pet toys, pet milk powder, flea powder or shampoo, large plastic rubbish bags, old clothes, detergent, soap and brushes, cat litter and if you have time, do volunteer to help out to make a difference to these animal's lives. Visit PAWS at Pilmoor Estate, Subang Airport Road, Subang, Selangor. Opens on Monday to Sunday (closed on Wednesdays) at 9am to 4pm. For more info, contact 03-78461087 or visit www.paws.org.my/
KUALA LUMPUR: Arsenal FC Malaysia Tour 2011 Footballers alert! Arsenal Football Club will be heading down to Malaysia for a friendly match with our national football team at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on July 13 at 8.45pm. Tickets are priced at RM58, RM68, RM108 and RM388 at selected Nike stores and Ticketpro outlets. Go to http://www. ticketpro.com.my or contact 03-78807999 for details.
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It's in the name By Eena Houzyama firstname.lastname@example.org TITLE: Can We Use Allah in the Bible? — A Quranic Perspective AUTHOR: Anas Zubedy PUBLISHER: Zubedy (M) Sdn Bhd RATING: 3/5 WHEN one talks about God, there is always a religious sensitivity that comes along with the term. However, this book explores the notion of using the term 'Allah' within the Bible and how it is ultimately the best term to refer to God. Many strongly religious
Muslims may not agree with the use of the term within any other religious
books. However, Zubedy takes into consideration all various reasons which support the use of 'Allah' in describing God. Not only taking readers on a journey to understand the various religions and races in Malaysia, the writer also explains the essence of Islam as a religion and the truth which the Quran speaks of God and Muslims. If you are curious to find out what claims this author makes, read the book with an open mind and be prepared to disagree. As with everything in life, to each his own opinion.
It all started with a spook Title: The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Ratings: 5/10 IF you like vampire's myths and legends, even if you've not bitten into the Twilight craze, you will find this book an interesting read. The book starts with a 65page interview with Stephenie Meyer, conducted by author Shannon Hale. The chat between two author friends in Q&A format tells more about Mayer, how it all started, her inspirations and more. You might feel like writing your own bestseller after reading this chapter.
The book also tells the background stories of the Cullens. Unfortunately, much of it you already know from the movies. However, fans of the fanged ones can get the chill out of reading about the other vampire biographies of the Volturi, the Denalis, the Romanians, the Egyptians, the Amazons and the Nomads. The book is a good companion to your Twilight saga. For those who are curious but not at all crazy about the series, this book has enough information for you to pose as a Twilight fan, although God knows why you'd want to do that. — By SHUHAI-
Deep chemistry lessons
Title: The Disappearing Spoon Author: Sam Kean Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Rating: 4/10 IN contrast to its rather simplistic title, The Disappearing Spoon consists of deep tales of “madness, love and history of the world” revolving around the periodic table of elements. Comprising five different parts, the first gives an orientation to the whole book, going from each element column by column and row by row, before moving on to deeper, more complex details of elements — including the history, theories and bag of tricks each element is attached to. While Kean portrays the well-known period table using a cast of characters with stories and illustrations highlighting the physical world, it is not something that is easy to decipher — unless of course one is a scientist or has an affinity with the world of rubidium, europium or xenon. The Disappearing Spoon is not a book one can get into quickly, as it requires time and even more, an interest in science and elements in the periodic table. — By Anu Venugopal
MPH Best-Seller LIST Non-fiction
how to play Sudoku X is a simple variation of Sudoku with the only difference being the squares in white (which make up the numeral X) need to tally from 1 to 9 along with the remaining coloured squares.
1. A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad 2. Chicken Soup For The Soul: Think Positive: 101 Inspirational Stories About Counting Your Blessings And Having A Positive
Attitude by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark 3. Quantum Leaps: 100 Scientists Who Changed the World by Jon Balchin 4. A World Without Islam by Graham E. Fuller 5. Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths
to Keep Singapore Going by Han Fook Kwang, et al 6. How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends by Don Gabor 7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 8. The Great War for
Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East by Robert Fisk 9. The Power by Rhonda Byrne 10. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
by Lindsey Kelk 4. The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo 5. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett 6. Just Like Heaven by Julia
Quinn 7. The 9th Judgment by James Patterson 8. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
9. The Heiress by Lynsay Sands 10. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
3. Seni Matematik Islam: Generasi Genius-Ikon Ilmu Anugerah Ilahi by Adi Putra 4. The Tiger That Lost Its Roar: A Tale of Malaysia's Political Economy by Tony Pua 5. 101 Rekreasi Hati: Buat Diri Ku yang Mudah Lupa by Dr Zahazan Mohamed, Nik
Wafdi Nik Jaafar 6. Beduk Diketuk by Pahrol Mohd Juoi 7. Hadis 40 Imam Nawawi by Zahazan Mohamed & Muhammad Zakaria 8. Hotel Tales: A Little Adventure and Some Unexpected Tales by
Hanley Chew 9. Singkatnya Usia Umat Islam Kedatangan Imam Mahdi & Munculnya Dajjal by Amin Muhammad Jamaluddin 10. Perspektif Perlembagaan Selepas Tsunami 2008 by Abdul Aziz Bari
Fiction 1. Transformers 3: The Official Novel by Peter David 2. The Confession by John Grisham 3. The Single Girl's To-Do List
Local Author 1. A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad 2. Notes to the Prime Minister: The Untold Story of How Malaysia Beat the Currency Speculators by Wong Sulong
• Weekly list compiled by MPH Bookstores, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur; www.mphonline.com
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HYUNDAI SONATA 2.4 (A) 03. Black, one owner. Full service record. RM28.9k. Interested call: MAT KLANG 017-224-7997
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The FA of Penang will be lodging a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission against the team's management — Bernama
Blues exposure for youngsters
PROEVENTS chief executive officer Julian Kam (pic) dropped the biggest hint yet that Chelsea may not take the field against Malaysia's strongest, or widely known as "Raja's boys". Chelsea fans should not fret as the English Premier League side will still play at the National Stadium on July 21. Their opponents are likely to be the national Under-23 side coached by Ong Kim Swee.
"We (ProEvents) have had a meeting with FA of Malaysia and national coach K. Rajagobal and concluded we will take the nation's best interest into consideration," said Julian. "We have a squad of 30-40 players. This match could be a chance for the younger players in the team to gain exposure." For those who have been following our national team closely, such a hint is not a surprise. Malaysia's two-legged victory over Taiwan on Sunday meant they will play Singapore in Round 2 on July 23. It is unlikely Rajagopal will risk any of his players for an exhibition match just two days earlier. As a result, we could see our Olympic squad take the field against Chelsea. ProEvents are also the tour promoters for Arsenal's and Liverpool's visit to Asia. Our national senior team would probably be given a run-out against the two English giants on July 13 and July 16 respectively.
Tiger awareness KUALA LUMPUR: FOOTBALL
Celcom look to increase appreciation for national team By VIJHAY VICK firstname.lastname@example.org
IN 1982, The Malay Mail took a giant step towards winning the hearts of local football fans. Prodded by a reader, The Paper That Cares started a drive to collect RM1 from each willing citizen to pay for more live telecasts of the World Cup matches in Spain. The People's Live Telecast Fund (PLTF) was set up with the aim of collecting at least RM60,000 for one "live" telecast and this had to be done quickly. Each day, The Malay Mail listed the names of all new donors and their contributions, and they included the King and the Prime Minister then! P LT F r e a c h e d p a s t RM300,000, enough to pay for four "live" World Cup 1982 telecasts, specifically on June 29 (England vs Germany, the score was a boring 0-0), July 5 (Soviet
Healthy attractions abundant in Subang Jaya
THOSE living in and around Subang Jaya are blessed to have many sports facilities. One of the more prominent centres in the area is the 3K Sports Complex at Persiaran Kewajipan. Subang has a good mix, from retirees to students from the many private colleges and universities. It is no wonder the 3K Centre is always bustling with sports enthusiasts. The centre has five indoor badminton courts, a tennis court and a squash court. It also has a gymnasium and 3K Sports Complex Persiaran Kewajipan 47500, Subang Jaya Tel: 03-56381591 3C Complex Jalan PJS 11/2, Taman Bandar Sunway 46150, Petaling Jaya Tel: 03-56370279 / 03-56378754 MST Golf Plaza / SportsDirect.com No. 8, Jalan SS 13/5, 47500, Subang Jaya Tel: 03-55668666
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an indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool — great if you intend to warm up or warm down after a good workout on the courts. There is another facility just a stone's throw away — the 3C Complex. 3C stands for C hi ldren Cre at iv it y Center and is managed by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ). There are activities at 3C almost every weekend, which are all listed on its Facebook page (Kompleks Tiga C). There are several restaurants and cafes in the area. However, a coming attraction is the newlyopened SportsDirect.com mall which is a walking distance from 3C. The sports mall is one of the largest in the country and provides enthusiasts with every sports equip-
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ment — from wristbands to racquets and stringing facilities — at affordable prices. Among the brands are Li Ning, Prince, Dunlop and Yonex. The owners of the two-storey mall are planning to set up another establishment nearer Kuala Lumpur soon. If badminton, tennis or squash isn’t your thing, SportsDirect.com also has a wide selection of camping, fishing and trekking equipment for the adventurous few. Golf lovers can take a look at some of the latest clubs at MST Golf Plaza located within. Subang residents have a lot happening at their doorstep. It is high time they make full use of the facilities and become a more healthy community.
GETTING BEHIND THE TEAM: Shazalli (third from right) hopes Celcom's "Who Will Win" campaign will generate more support for the national football team — Pic: RAZAK GHAZALI
Union vs Poland, another boring 0-0), and two on July 6 (Italy vs Brazil with a thrilling 3-2 score, and England vs Spain with a boring 0-0). After the World Cup, a fifth "live" telecast of the Fifa World All-Star charity match — in aid of Unicef — on Aug 7 in the United States was shown. And on those glorious nights, the pride-inducing phrase Ditaja oleh Rakyat Malaysia (Sponsored by the people of Malaysia) was flashed, and announced, over RTM. Due to the intense interest shown by Malaysians in 1982, the live telecasts of the World Cups in 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 were all sponsored by the corporate sector and Malaysians no longer had to
contribute a single sen. That stunning deed, which saw Malaysians from all walks of life coming together, was recalled by Celcom CEO Datuk Sri Shazalli Ramly when the tele-communications giant launched their "Who Will Win" campaign yesterday, in conjunction with the Arsenal and Chelsea Asia Tour 2011. "We want to do what The Malay Mail did. This campaign was made possible by Celcom, sponsored by the people," said Shazalli. Shazalli pointed out "sponsored" did not mean cash in this context. "It is passion," he stressed. "I hope we can succeed in instilling the confidence of the public in our national football team."
Under the campaign, Celcom will host a mobile voting challenge for customers to be part of the best events in the country. The campaign kicks off with the tour of the two English Premier League clubs. "We would be giving customers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and the best seats in town. All they have to do is participate in the interactive activities offered by Celcom," added Shazalli. Celcom will be looking to create an awareness about our national team. "Look at the successes of our national footballers in the Olympics and World Cup qualifiers. We must get behind them and motivate the players further."
BUKIT JALIL: SWIMMING
Homesickness hits Lai Kwan
NATIONAL swimmer Chui Lai Kwan may be concentrating on her preparations for the World Championships later this month but she admits to being home sick. The 21-year-old only visits her hometown in Sandakan, Sabah twice or thrice in a year. "My family are all there. I miss spending time with them," said Lai Kwan. S h e admitted the preparations
for the championships and her studies would be much easier if her family were close but insisted this is a sacrifice she must make. The national 50m freestyle record holder dismissed having any pressure in the build to the world meet in Shanghai. "I've been to the C o m m o nw e a l t h G a m e s before. Although it is not as massive as this (World Championships), it was still a big stage for me then," she added. "It was a good experience. I will condition my mind the same way
I did for the Commonwealth Games." It was at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games that Lai Kwan recorded a new national record and her personal best. She clocked 26.03s in the 50m freestyle. At the Guangzhou Asian Games that followed, she recorded 26.08s. Both her times were below the Olympics invitational qualifying mark of 26.15s. She is not keen to rest on her laurels as she hopes to swim below the Olympics automatic qualification of 25.27s. "Hopefully swimming with world class swimmers can push me to go faster," Lai Kwan concluded. MISSING HER FAMILY: Lai Kwan admits preparing for the World Championships would be easier with her loved ones around
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He's obviously improved a lot since then. That's something I need to look at and try to replicate — Andy Murray on Novak Djokovic
Wozniacki stays on top despite failure
DENMARK'S Caroline Wozniacki (pic) remains on top of the women's singles rankings, which were released yesterday, in spite of her failure once again to land a Grand Slam title. The 20-year-old has now spent 38 weeks in the No. 1 position but has only ever reached one Grand Slam final — the US Open in 2009 — and was knocked out in the fourth round at Wimbledon. Petra Kvitova's reward for winning Wimbledon was a move up one place to seven in the world, while the woman she beat in the final, Maria Sharapova, also edges up one place to No. 5. French Open champion Li Na slips two places to No. 6. The biggest mover in the women's rankings was German Sabine Lisicki, a wildcard entry at Wimbledon where she went
on to lose to Sharapova in the semifinals. Lisicki, who had reached 22 in the world before an ankle injury interrupted her progress last year, moved up from No. 62 to 27. Meanwhile, Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic was confirmed as the new world No. 1 when the ATP rankings were released. Djokovic, who beat Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final, was already guaranteed to move ahead of the Spaniard following the Serb's semifinal defeat of Jo-Wilfrid Tsonga. It ends Nadal's 56-week rein since he took over from Roger Federer on June 7, 2010. Not since Andy Roddick in the week of Jan 26, 2004 has anyone other than Nadal or Federer been ranked No. 1. "This is an amazing achievement to get to the top spot, especially with rivals such as Rafa and Roger," said Djokovic. "They made me work so hard and made me improve every day. There are no words to express how good they are but I always thought that I could become No. 1 one day. Both the belief and the hard work took me there." It is the natural culmination of an extraordinary first half of the year for Djokovic who has now won 48 of 49 matches in 2011 and claimed eight titles, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon. At 24 years, 1 month, 12 days, Djokovic is the 25th player since the rankings began in 1973 to hold the No. 1 position and the first Serb to do so. — AFP
KUALA LUMPUR: extreme sports
Feel the excitement of surfing with the wind
WINDSURFING is a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing. It consists of a board usually two to four metres long, powered by the orthogonal effect of the wind on a sail. The rig is connected to the board by a free-rotating universal joint and comprises a mast, wishbone boom and sail. The sail area ranges from less than 3m2 to more than 12m2 depending on the conditions, the skill of the sailor and the type of windsurfing being undertaken. When the wind gets above 8-10 knots (typically 15 knots+ for recreational equipment) the board ceases to move through the water and instead planes on top of the water, skimming over the surface at much higher speeds. To make the most of planing conditions, the board needs to be smaller and can dispense with the centreboard as sufficient lift and lateral resistance are provided by the fin (or combination of fins). When planing, jibing is achieved via shifting the rig and engaging one of the rails (edges) of the board which is referred to as carving. Windsurf boards can also tack like a sail boat. Though windsurfing is possible in winds from near 0 to 50 knots, the ideal planing conditions for most recreational sailors is 15-25 knots. Beginners must develop
their balance and core stability, acquire a basic understanding of sailing theory, and learn a few techniques before they can progress from board sailing to windsurfing. Initial lessons can be taken with a windsurfing school, which exist in reasonable numbers in most countries. With coaching and favorable conditions, the basic skills of sailing, steering, and turning can be learned within a few hours. Competence in the sport and master y of more advanced manoeuvres such as planing, carve gybing (turning downwind at speed), water starting, ju mpi ng , and more advanced moves can require more practice. In Malaysia, there are various location available for windsurfing. To d a y, t h e windsurfers sail at Putrajaya, Port Klang, Penang, Johor Baru, Port Dickson, as well as Kuantan. Lessons are availa b l e throughout these locations. More information is available at http://www. oxbold.com/windsurfing-malaysia. htm.
NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS: Windsurfers need to get their balance and stability in check — GETTYpic
Age is just a number, he has experience of being at Porto, a big club — Chelsea's Ashley Cole on their 33-year-old boss Andre Villas-Boas
RIO DE JANEIRO: FOOTBALL/ COPA AMERICA
BUENOS AIRES: FOOTBALL/ COPA AMERICA
Evergreen Elizaga makes his point THEY say you have to be a little crazy to be a goalkeeper — but Ecuador's veteran shot-stopper Marcelo Elizaga drove Paraguay mad with his stellar showing in Sunday's goalless draw at Santa Fe. Elizaga, a 39-year-old from the Argentine city of Moron, is a latecomer to the international stage having only made his debut for his adopted country at the 2007 Copa. But Sunday saw him leaping about like a man a decade younger as he denied Edgar Barreto, Nestor Ortigoza and Roque Santa Cruz, whose header shortly after the interval had goal written all over it until Elizaga flung himself to turn the effort away. His saves had reporters comparing him with some of the alltime greats, not least Poland's 1970s star Jan Tomaszewski — whom former Derby and Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough once famously called a "clown" — only to see the keeper deny England a place in the World Cup finals. Appropriately enough, Elizaga, who plays for Deportivo Quito, is nicknamed El Polaco (the Pole). Others know him as El Muro (The Wall). — AFP
PRESSTALK IL CORRIERE DELLO SPORT
Maicon drops Real bombshell
Media slam 'Selecao' as Chavez salutes Venezuelans
NATIONAL media laid into five-time world champions Brazil this morning after the Selecao made a hash of their first Copa America pool match, drawing 0-0 with rank outsiders Venezuela. Although Brazil, on a hattrick of wins in the continental tournament, would have to make a similar mess of upcoming games against Paraguay and Ecuador to miss out on a quarterfinal place, their poor showing enraged the Press. Worse still, it did not escape the country's scribes that Brazil's women have been performing rather better at the women's World Cup in Germany, where the Samba Girls have already reached the last eight with something to spare. "The men's team turned in a ridiculous performance against the Venezuelans and the players left the pitch shame-faced after the 0-0 draw," stormed O Globo daily in a leader article. "Neymar, Ganso, Pato, Robinho — they all played badly," the paper moaned. "At least we have Marta," O Globo added, in a reference to
the women's star striker who has been on the rampage at their event in Germany. The paper added in an aside that the Brazilian game appeared to be going to the dogs — an ironic reference to a canine pitch invasion during the match. The dog ran at one point to the Venezuelan six yard box — about the closest anyone got to the minnows' goal all afternoon — before trudging off. "Zero inspiration" was how Folha de Sao Paulo daily saw the Brazilian showing. "The Brazilian team failed its first official test under coach Mano Menezes — and left the stadium to a chorus of boos." O Estado de Sao Paulo said the team lacked a cutting edge. "They lacked attacki n g o o mp h . T h e revamping of Brazil disappointed," the paper commented in allusion to a hoped-for new dawn under Menezes, who replaced Dunga after last year's World Cup. O Estado said the dog's appearance summed
things up. "When the most important moment of a football match is the entrance of a dog onto the pitch to milk the applause of fans then that gives you an idea of the quality of the match," the paper commented. Lance sports daily, noting that Venezuela are nicknamed the Vinotinto — red wine in Spanish, owing to their burgundy kit — said: "Brazil tasted a bitter red and disappointed." Conversely, the Venezuelan Press were elated at their team's showing. "A golden point," chorused El Nacional and El Universal, while Ultimas Noticias
was fulsome in its praise. "The Vinotinto really gave us something to enjoy," the paper said. President Hugo Chavez, making a surprise return home after surgery in Cuba to remove a cancerous tumour, also got in on the act via the new media, using his Twitter account to praise the players. "What a tremendous showing by the Vinotinto! How proud we are of you boys! My best wishes to our coach Cesar Farias and to all of you," Chavez tweeted. — AFP MATCH HIGHLIGHT: A dog invades the pitch — AFPpic
This is our time, warn Brazilians ing hard and our objective is to be world champions for the first time." But despite having one group game left against Equatorial Guinea the Samba Girls' eyes are already on the final eight where they will face either the United States, the world's top team, or fifth-ranked Sweden. Captain Aline, 29, said: "The United States are very strong and physically very good. Sweden are also very strong, they have extraordinary technical qualities and very fast players. "But we're a team who are very strong, disciplined, focused and who worked well marking (Sunday). It's all the fruit of hard work paying off," she added. The heartbreak of four years, notably a painful 2-0 final defeat to Germany, remains raw. "We often talk about going so close four years ago," said midfielder Maurine, who plays with Marta at the Western New York Flash.
"Now we are looking for this to be our time and are working hard towards our goal." Marta said: "Our quarterfinal rivals, Sweden or the United States, will have a lot of problems even if they're strong teams because we're ready and we've come here to be world champions." Despite praising Marta's "genius" Brazil coach Kleiton Lima s a i d that only a team effort would suffice. "Brazil play with eleven, all the players strive. She (Marta) plays in the final line of attack and for that reason she is the one in charge to finishing off, but the momentum comes from elsewhere." — AFP
INTER MILAN defender Maicon (pic) has hinted he could be set to move to Real Madrid, claiming he will speak about a transfer after the Copa America. Maicon, 29, has been attracting the attention of the Spanish giants for some time and almost made a €35m (RM152.6m) move to the Bernabeu last season but negotiations fell through. However, with his contract up at the end of the coming season, the Brazilian has insisted he is happy in Italy for the time being, but that he has something to say about Madrid. "I am happy at Inter, but we will speak about Real Madrid and Inter after the Copa. I want to win a trophy with Brazil and this is my only objective right now," he said.
GAZZETTA DELLO SPORT
WOLFSBURG: FOOTBALL/ WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
BRAZIL'S Samba Girls are through to the quarterfinals with a game to spare and warned possible rivals the United States or Sweden that they won't let the World Cup slip away this time. Superstar Marta fired the Brazilians into the knockout round with a double and set Rosana up for the third as they demolished former winners Nor way 3-0 in Wolfsburg yesterday. For veteran Formiga, playing her fifth World Cup, it is finally time for the South Americans to lift the title. The 33-year-old was on the team that finished runners-up to Germany four years ago and lost the past two Olympic titles to the United States. "It's been a long road, we can't rest and can't let up, we have to continue working hard, like we came here to do, and trusting that we can continue eliminating our rivals," said Formiga. "We're a close team, we have spent a long time work-
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Juve tracking Santos youngster SANTOS youngster Danilo is continuing to interest Juventus. However, it remains unclear whether Santos will accept Juve's bid, as the Brazilian outfit recently turned down an offer of €6m (RM26.1m) from Benfica for the right winger, underlining their reluctance to sell. Danilo, who has also been linked with Serie A champions AC Milan, has a contract with Santos until the summer of 2014, and helped the club clinch the Copa Libertadores title last month.
Chelsea plot Pepe bid
NOT ALL ABOUT MARTA: Brazil coach says the game is about the team, not Marta (left) alone — AFPpic
CHELSEA are set to make a £4.5m (RM21.7m) bid for Real Madrid centreback Pepe. The Portuguese international agreed a new four-year contract with Real at the end of the season, but the deal was not finalised before the player departed for his summer holidays. Andre Villas-Boas is keen to boost his defensive ranks and would be prepared to hand Pepe a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.
I'm really happy to be joining such a great club — Manchester City's new signing Gael Clichy
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Uninspiring Brazil LA PLATA: football/ copa america
Neymar, Pato confess champions lacking ideas to score
GROUP A THURSDAY Argentina v Colombia (8.45am) FRIDAY Bolivia v Costa Rica (6.15am)
Standings GROUP A P W D L 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1
F 1 1 1 0
A Pts 0 3 1 1 1 1 1 0
GROUP B P W D L BRAZIL 1 0 1 0 ECUADOR 1 0 1 0 PARAGUAY 1 0 1 0 VENEZUELA 1 0 1 0
F 0 0 0 0
A Pts 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1
COLOMBIA ARGENTINA BOLIVIA COSTA RICA
Player ratings BRAZIL
Julio Cesar Andre Santos Thiago Silva Lucio Dani Alves Lucas Ramires Ganso Robinho Neymar Alexandre Pato SUBSTITUTIONS Fred Lucas Elano
6 5.5 6.5 6.5 6 6 6 6 5.5 6 6 5 4.5 5
Match facts BRAZIL 0 VENEZUELA 0 6(3) Shots (on goal) 3(1) 14 Fouls 14 1 Corners 2 5 Offsides 0 1 Yellow cards 3 0 Red cards 0 1 Saves 3
VENEZUELA Renny Vega Gabriel Cichero Oswaldo Vizcarrondo Grendy Perozo Roberto Rosales Cesar Gonzalez Franklin Lucena Tomas Rincon Juan Arango Miku Rondon SUBSTITUTIONS Giacomo Di Giorgi Alejandro Moreno Giancarlo Maldonado
ridiculous: Brazil look sluggish against Venezuela — AFPpic
BRAZIL striking duo Alexandre Pato and Neymar blamed their side's lack of inspiration in front of goal for the disappointing 0-0 draw with Venezuela in their opening Group B match at Estadio Unico yesterday. The Brazilians were highly favoured to win but had just two clear chances to score throughout the game and failed to capitalise on both occasions. Pato, who crashed the ball against the bar in the first-half, said he and his teammates must move on. "I tried, but unfortunately the ball hit the woodwork. The game did not go as we expected. Now we have to forget about this game," said the AC Milan man. Neymar, meanwhile, admitted they will have to work on improving their effectiveness in attack ahead of the next match against Paraguay. "This was a good game and our team did very well. We have to work more on our finishing. We want to win, we always do. The goal did not come, but we will work this week for them to come," said the 19-year-old Santos
striker. Defender Thiago Silva lamented Venezuela's defensive approach to the game and added his side should have played wider. "We apologise, because if we had scored in the first-half, the game would have been different. Against teams who play so closed, it is hard to play in the middle, we should have played more on the wings to find more space," he said. Liverpool midfielder Lucas. meanwhile, believes Brazil were in the driving seat. "We had control of the match, for the most part, we did not let them create a lot of chances," he said. "We had that ball which the defender cleared off the line and Pato's shot against the woodwork. In the secondhalf, we committed more mistakes. Now, we have to keep on working in the next matches to play with ball possession and create more chances." However, defender Andre Santos lamented his teammates' poor finishing. "The team created a lot of chances, it was a shame that we were not able to score and win the match. The pitch was bad and
it hurt us a little bit, but we can't use that as an excuse. We have to do some better finishing," he said. Disappointed coach Mano Menezes said his players were predictable. However, he is confident they will learn from this game in order to prepare for the last two group matches. "The result was bad, because we played better than Venezuela. We had the control and the initiative of the match, but we lacked clarity in some choices, mainly to find players in the finishing moments," he said. "We were too obvious. The ball got to the players who were wide, but they were too far away from Pato and the play could not flow. That is something we have to work on during the week." He also blamed the poor condition of the pitch for the slow pace of the game, but underlined that was not the reason his side did not win. "It looks to me the pitch hindered faster play and play of more quality. However, that is not our problem. We have to look over our performance and correct our problems," he said.
SANTA FE: football/ copa america
Paraguay not consistent enough, says Martino
FANCIED Paraguay showed "the best and worst" in the 0-0 draw with Ecuador in their opening Group B match yesterday. So says their coach Gerardo Martino (pic). "The first 20 to 25 minutes, Paraguay were great. We could have capitalised on the advantage then but in the end of the first-half we saw the worst and we lose the possession of the ball, did not press as we did at the beginning," he said. "After the break, we controlled the game and created several scoring opportunities, and this pleased me," he said. Then Martino revealed he will not change the first-11 who played yesterday for the tough match against Brazil
on Saturday. The Paraguayans, who made the World Cup quarterfinals in South Africa last year, had most of the scoring chances against Ecuador but just failed to break through in an end-to-end clash which was exciting but lacked finishing.
LA PAZ: Football/ COPA AMERICA
Argentina too full of themselves, says Quinteros ARGENTINA'S footballers are a little too full of themselves and could pay a price at the Copa America as a result, Bolivia's Argentine coach Gustavo Quinteros (pic) suggested this morning. Quinteros made the observation to Santa Cruz daily El Deber after looking back at his side's surprise 1-1 draw in their Copa opener with the hosts. "I am Argentinian but I have to admit we are very suburban and some think they are winners before the fact," said Quinteros. Quinteros was born in the northeastern city of Santa Fe but was naturalised a Bolivian in time to feature for the Andeans at the 1994 World Cup. — AFP
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Argentine supremo Grondona backs Messi
ARGENTINIAN FA president Julio Grondona defended Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi (pic) in the wake of Argentina's disappointing 1-1 draw with Bolivia in their opening Group A match last Saturday. Messi often faces criticism that he fails to reproduce his fantastic Barca form when wearing the national jersey
but Grondona feels the Ballon d'Or winner is not to blame for their poor start to the tournament where they are gunning for a record 15th title. "Messi never puts in a bad game. Those who are surrounding him are the ones who should be blamed. He starts to drop deep to look for the ball because he doesn't get it from his teammates," Gron-
dona told Radio Del Plata. Grondona went on to discuss Argentina's chances at the tournament and insists the team can bounce back from the draw against Bolivia. "I still have hope. I wouldn't have liked a scoreless draw, but 1-1 is not bad. We played with our heart. Everything is very even in football these
days. It's difficult to play your first match against a team who have nothing to lose," he said. Argentina face a tricky task against Colombia in their second match on Thursday (8.45am). The Colombians, led by ace striker Radamel Falcao, defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in their opening match.
Bridesmaids no more
VETERAN Formiga thinks it is finally time for Brazil to lift the women’s World Cup
DESPITE failing to win her first Grand Slam, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki remains as the women’s world No. 1
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Earning their stripes THE RECENT upsurge in Malaysian football have prompted local firm Celcom to run an appreciation campaign for the Harimau Malaya squad
Is Maicon Madrid-bound? INTER MILAN defender will make a decision on his future after Copa America, putting long-time admirers Real Madrid on high alert
LOCAL Press slammed the five-time world champions after a poor performance against Venezuela in the Copa America
Family first for Tevez LONDON: Football/ PREMIER LEAGUE
Striker says he must quit Man City to spend time with children
ARGENTINA striker Carlos “the Apache” Tevez has confirmed Manchester City’s worst fears by saying he must leave the club to spend more time with his children, according to an interview with Britain’s Daily Mail. City captain Tevez led the north-west side to FA Cup glory and qualification for the Champions League last season but all the while did so while living apart from his young daughters. He is currently playing for Argentina in the Copa America but, in a statement published on the Mail’s website yesterday, Tevez said: “It is with great regret that I have to inform Manchester City of my wish to leave the club. “I would like to state that
I have great respect for the club, their supporters and the owner, Sheikh Mansoor, who has been nothing other than respectful to me. “I hope that the people understand the difficult circumstances I have been living under the past 12 months, in regards to my family. “Living without my children in Manchester has been incredibly challenging for me. Everything I do, I do for my daughters, Katie and Florencia. I need to be closer to them and to spend more time with them.” Tevez’s daughters currently live with their mother, Tevez’s estranged partner Vanesa, in Buenos Aires. “I need them to be happy because my life is about
them now. I need to be in a place where they can adapt. “Being captain of Manchester City, qualifying for the Champions League, winning the FA Cup and finishing as top-scorer last season has made me very proud. “I hope that most of the City fans will understand that I have given them my all on the pitch and that my dedication to the City cause has been 100 per cent on the pitch.” Tevez added: “I have no doubt that the players and management of City will achieve great success in the future.” It is understood Vanesa and the children struggled to settle in Manchester and returned to Argentina. Tevez, in an interview with
the Mail in Buenos Aires, said: “It is great being here but it is going to be even more difficult to go back now. “It’s great now, enjoying spending time with my family but it will be tough to go back. Being back here means I can cuddle my daughters. It’s a difficult situation when I’m not here.” City manager Roberto Mancini has repeatedly insisted that Tevez, who previously played for the club’s local rivals Manchester United, will stay at Eastlands. The club’s FA Cup final win against Stoke gave City their first major piece of silverware in 35 years. — AFP
time to move away: Tevez says he must leave Man City for family reasons — AFPpic
Thousands greet homecoming hero Djokovic
TENS of thousands of people gathered in front of the Serbian parliament here this morning to greet Novak Djokovic (pic) after he won his first Wimbledon crown and became the new world No. 1. Mostly young people filled Nikola Pasic Square, carring Serbian flags and
placards reading “Nole we love you” and “Nole the king!,” referring to Djokovic’s nickname. Private television channel B92 showed footage of an open-top bus with Djokovic and his team aboard on the way from Belgrade airport to the city centre.
The bus was forced to slow down as the highway was crowded by cars honking their horns while thousands of people cheered him along the way. The double-decker, escorted by a dozen police vehicles, passed on its way through the main Terazije square amid a
carnival atmosphere. The culmination saw a thrilled and smiling Djokovic appear on a stage set in front of the parliament, carring the Wimbledon trophy, where the ecstatic crowd gave him a rapturous reception. “He is the pride of Serbia and Serbian people,” said
a teenage girl, who came for the occasion from the town of Novi Sad, some 80 kilometres north of Belgrade. “Lucky is the mother that gave birth to such a hard-working and gifted boy,” said Milorad Veselinovic, a man in his fifties. — AFP
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