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Church says no laws broken The Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) syas it did not break any laws when it hosted a dinner by Harapan Komuniti
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Malaysia says Indonesia must lift its moratorium on maids coming here before there can be discussions on dropping direct hiring
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Swap deal is still on
Malaysia will press ahead for refugee exchange with Australia, says deputy minister By T.K. LETCHUMY TAMBOO firstname.lastname@example.org THE government is pressing ahead with the controversial “refugee swap” plan, which will see Malaysia taking 800 asylum-seekers in return for Australia accepting 4,000 refugees from Malaysia over a four-year period. The Home Ministry yesterday reasoned this was because it would solve the refugee problems of both nations. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop confirmed that Malaysia would still go ahead with the plan. “Yes, we are still interested in the deal,” he told The Malay Mail when met in Parliament. Describing the deal as a “win win” situation for both countries, he said the key aim was to prevent human trafficking. “With the concept that we are trying to implement, where eventu-
GILLARD: Reported to have called Najib to reassure him that Australia remains committed to the deal
ally those who want to be swapped are sent elsewhere, that will more or less deter refugees from returning,” Abu Seman explained. “As of now, Australia is aborting their action, if I’m not mistaken. They are going to table a law in regards of rectifying the weakness.” Yesterday, it was reported the
Australian Parliament will vote tomorrow on legislation to bypass their High Court ban on sending asylum-seekers to Malaysia, with the fate of the Bill in the lower house likely to fall on West Australian National MP Tony Crook. “So, at the moment, we are still looking into the matter because we
are also concerned about our security,” Abu Seman added. Signed between both countries on July 25, the swap deal was for the exchange of 4,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia for 800 in Australia over a period of four years. The deal was aimed at checking human trafficking and other crossborder criminal activities in the long run. Lawyers had argued that the deportations would be illegal because Malaysia does not meet the human rights standards stipulated in Australian law, as it is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention. The government of Julia Gillard, the Australian Prime Minister, signed the Malaysian deal to deter human trafficking, and to fight perceptions that her government was soft on asylum seekers. • Continued on pg2
MTUC to hold picket on Nov 3 THE Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) plans to hold a nationwide picket on Nov 3 to protest against the proposed amendments to the Employment Act, passed by the Dewan Rakyat last week. It would write a letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak stating its reasons for rejecting the amendments, said MTUC president Mohd Khalid Atan. He said a letter, asking for a postponement of the amendments, was sent to Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam during a meeting of the National Labour Advisory Council on Oct 3. — Bernama
Malaysia to ink three major deals MALAYSIA will exchange documents for three major deals at the 8th China-Asean Expo (CAEXPO 2011) in Nanning, China, from Oct 21 to 26. Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) chief executive ofﬁcer Dr Wong Lai Sum said the ceremony will be held at the Malaysia Pavilion, where 132 Malaysian companies, 16 government agencies and three associations will have their booths. "They are signiﬁcant, with impact," she said. Wong declined to divulge the details other than they would involve services and expertise. — Bernama
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The number of patients with chronic kidney ailments undergoing dialysis treatment rose by 56.7 per cent from 2006 to last year -- Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin
Gillard tells Najib Australia committed
Opposed from the start
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Swap deal may undermine refugee protection, say groups THE refugee swap deal with Australia had been met with opposition from the start. Local and international human rights groups had condemned the proposed deal with the Australian government's as the "worst type of precedent". Since the pact between both countries was signed on July 25, many have claimed it would undermine refugee protection, especially with Malaysia not being considered an ideal processing venue, and its treatment of asylum-seekers. Tenaganita executive director Dr Irene Fernandez (pic) had reportedly said the deal could lead to discriminatory practices in refugee management where the 800 asylum-seekers may get preferential treatment. Fernandez had said the outsourcing of processing to Malaysia on asylum-seekers would not control trafficking in persons. She also said both countries did not seem to understand the
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lives of potential refugees as they flee to save their lives from death and persecution. Even with the deal, refugees will flee if conditions in countries of conflict, disaster and forms of discrimination intensify, she said. Meanwhile, Human Rights Wat c h s p o k e s m a n P h i l Robertson had urged the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to condemn the deal, The Australian Online reported. "This would set the worst type of precedent and we're concerned it could start a wider erosion of protection for refugees throughout the AsiaPacific region," spokesman Phil Robertson had warned. Amnesty International had also attacked the deal, under which Australia will send 800 asylum-seekers to Malaysia in return for 4,000 certified refugees over a four-year period.
Amnesty spokesman Dr Graham Thom had told The Australian Online that asylumseekers transferred to Malaysia under the deal risked being cheated and sexually abused. "If their employers refuse to pay their wages at the end of the month, who can they complain to?" he asked. He also questioned: "What protection does a woman have from sexual abuse at the hands of her employer?" The Australian Online also reported that the Law Council
MPs want eve of Deepavali off
EC rejects 500 new voter forms THE Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) has rejected almost 500 new voter registrations for not complying with a new requirement, which had been put into place without prior notice. Several DAP MPs said they were shocked to be notified by an EC staff the registration forms had been rejected because they did not have photocopies of the applicants' identity cards. Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said EC had made changes to the voters' registration application four times in six months without making them public. "We sent more than 500 registration forms (from five DAP service centres) but they were all rejected as they did not include photocopies of
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the MyKad," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday. Lim said the new requirement was effective Oct 1 and DAP was only verbally notified on Monday. "We were unaware of the changes and this has affected our voters registration drive," he said. Lim also said the drive was meant to help register new voters and not to verify the voters' identities. "We register voters, it is our labour of love. We do it pro bono although it is not our job to verify these voters ... it is the EC's job. They are the ones connected to the National Registration Department," he said. Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai said that when he called Kuala
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Lumpur EC chief Shafie Taid for an explanation earlier yesterday, he was told the formal letter of notification was only "just ready". "Shafie said a written notice informing of the change was only ready today (Tuesday)." Tan said he learnt the reason for the new requirement was to avoid having names of those deceased on the electoral roll and to prevent registration of non-citizens and those under-aged as voters. Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said although the EC had good reasons for the changes, its move to make such changes discreetly was "troublesome". She said EC should hold a briefing when it wanted to change its policies or requirements.
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of Australia had said the agreement was an inappropriate solution to a complex problem. The council had said it was concerned over the implications and shortcomings of this agreement. It was also reported that UNHCR had said asylumseekers would receive better protection in Malaysia than they would if held in Australia in indefinite mandatory detention. The Pro Bono News report, which cited The Age, stated that UNHCR regional representative Richard Towle said: "In the context of the Malaysian arrangements, the assurances of legal stay and community-based reception for all transferees can be seen as a more positive protection environment than protracted — and in some cases indefinite — detention that many face here in Australia, provided the assurances are carefully monitored".
However, the deal came under increasing criticism from international human rights groups after it was revealed that unaccompanied children who arrived by boat would not be exempt from transfer. In August, the Australian High Court blocked their Federal Government's plan to send asylum-seekers to Malaysia as part of the refugeeswap deal, citing the proposal as "invalid". But last week, it was reported that Gillard had called Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to reassure him that Australia remained committed to the refugee swap. The same report by an Autralian media stated that Gillard's telephone call to Najib appeared to be part of an effort to pacify Malaysians, following a debate in Australia that drew into question Malaysia's suitability as a processing venue and its treatment of asylum-seekers. The main purpose of the phone call was reportedly to update Najib on the implications of the court ruling and restate the government's commitment to the arrangement.
SEVERAL Pakatan Rakyat (PR) MPs do not want Parliament to sit on Oct 25, the eve of Deepavali, to allow Indian MPs to be home for their prayers. Ipoh Barat MP M. Kula Segaran, who is the DAP national vice-chairman, said he was surprised the on-going Parliament meeting would be on until Oct 25, before adjourning the next day for Deepavali. "Parliament sittings should not be held on the eve of Deepavali as it is a practice for Hindus to pray to their ancestors on Deepavali eve and have a once-a-year reunion with family members," he said at a Press conference at Parliament yesterday. "To make matters worse, the traffic would be heavy and
thus it would be a hassle for those affected. Furthermore, we have to prepare Deepavali open houses on Oct 26." Te l u k I n t a n M P M . Manogaran said many Indian teachers were also unhappy that the marking for the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination papers, including Tamil papers, would start on Oct 27. "I hope the government will consider the fact that teachers need to celebrate Deepavali, too, and that it can rearrange the marking dates accordingly," he said. Batu Kawan MP Prof Dr P. Ramasamy, who is the Penang Deputy Chief Minister, asked why the government had to be reminded about the Deepavali celebration every year.
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The students involved had dropped out of the Education Ministry's schooling system but are still schooling elsewhere — Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong on secondary school dropouts
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'Lift moratorium first' Malaysia will consider dropping direct hiring of maids after that, says D-G
LABOUR Department director-general Datuk Sheikh Yahya Sheikh Mohamed has taken a tough stand over Malaysians directly hiring Indonesian maids despite concern being raised by the Indonesian government. Sheikh Yahya said the Indonesian government must first lift its moratorium on sending maids to Malaysia. “We have discussed this
direct hiring matter at length. Indonesia should first lift their moratorium on maids, then we will consider dropping direct hiring,” he told The Malay Mail yesterday. Earlier yesterday, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told reporters his government has raised their concern with Malaysia over the direct hiring of Indonesian domestic workers.
DUMC maintains it did not break any laws THE Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) maintains it did not break any laws when hosting an appreciation dinner organised by nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Harapan Komuniti at the church's Dream Centre in Jalan 13/1 on Aug 3. In a statement to the Press yesterday, DUMC senior pastor Daniel Ho (pic) said: "We work within the boundaries of the law and public order, in accordance with the Scripture." He also called for places of worship to be accorded their sanctity. "We sincerely ask that all religious communities and places of worship be t r e at e d w i t h utmost respect and not be intruded upon," he said. In welcoming the statements made by the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Ho also said DUMC served the community regardless of creed, race or religion. Sultan Sharafuddin had said on Monday the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) had acted in accordance with the laws when it conducted the raid on the DUMC Dream Centre. The raid was conducted without a warrant, based on allegations there were attempts to proselytise Muslim guests present at the event. The dinner was held to
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acknowledge the work of volunteers, leaders and supporters in helping women, children and HIV/AIDS sufferers. The Sultan also said that based on Jais' report, there was evidence of attempts to subvert the faith and belief of Muslims but it was insufficient for further legal action to be taken, therefore, the affected parties would not be prosecuted. However, the Sultan had commanded Jais to provide counseling to Muslims at the dinner, to restore their belief and faith in Islam. T h e C ou n c i l of Churches of Malaysia had also deemed the Sultan's statement as a proper closure to the controversy surrounding the issue and had called on the public to cease further speculation on the matter. Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim had announced a special task force will be formed to study Jais' standard operating procedure (SOP) when conducting inspections. Selangor executive councillor for Islamic affairs, Malay culture and public facilities Datuk Dr Hassan Mohamed Ali had said the Sultan's statement indicated DUMC was guilty of attempting to subvert the belief and faith of Muslims.
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"We have expressed our concern on various occasions because direct hiring is like circumventing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) both countries had signed,” he said after the 11th Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation meeting between Indonesia and
Malaysia yesterday. In June 2009, Indonesia imposed a freeze on the supply of maids to Malaysia following cases of abuse by employers and the lack of benefits, including a minimum monthly wage and a weekly rest day. A MoU was signed between the two governments on
May 30 this year to allow reentry of Indonesian maids but Jakarta has yet to lift its moratorium against Malaysia. Marty also confirmed Indonesia has yet to set the timeline on lifting the moratorium. “We are approaching the matter with caution to ensure the MoU is implemented to the letter and the spirit of it. That is why we will not rush
into lifting the moratorium without full confidence we have all the the requirements in place," he said. “If there is a quick lifting, we could end up with a MoU that is not implementable or respected.” Before Indonesia’s maids ban in 2009, it was reported about 3,000 Indonesian maids were coming into Malaysia each month.
Worker injured as platform collapses
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PART of a building under construction opposite KL Sentral collapsed yesterday, injuring a worker. Brickfields police chief ACP Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid said the 35-year-old man fell from about four metres while working on the Nu Sentral building. "The victim was carrying out plastering works on the first floor of the 11-storey building before the four metre-high platform gave way around 10.30am. Fortunately, he wore a hard hat and he only passed out," Wan Abdul Bari told reporters at the scene. He said the platform was believed to have just been plastered and had not fully dried when it collapsed. He said the victim suffered external injuries and was rushed to University Malaya
MAJOR MISHAP: A section of the collapsed first floor of the shopping complex under construction opposite KL Sentral — Pic: Ashraf Shamsul Azlan
Medical Centre where he received outpatient treatment. Work on that level had been temporarily stopped until further notice from the Department of Occupational Safety and Health, he added. Building developer Malaysian Resources
Corporation Berhad (MRCB) corporate communications senior manager, Hasnol Abdul Hadi, said: "The first-floor platform collapsed as the newly applied cement base hadn't fully dried." He added: "All safety procedures were adhered to as the workers were well equipped
with safety gear, as required by local safety standards." Hasnol said MRCB had bought the land in 2009 to build a seven-floor shopping complex plus a four-floor parking area that would be completed next year. An investigation is underway by the police and MRCB.
Papers on boy's electrocution handed to A-G
THE investigation papers into the death of 11-year-old Muhammad Naquiddin Mohd Marzuki, who was electrocuted by a faulty playground lamp post in Taman Batu Tiga, Shah Alam on March 19, have been handed to the AttorneyGeneral's chambers. Energy Commission of Malaysia chief executive officer Ahmad Fauzi Hasan told The Malay Mail yesterday the commission submitted their findings to the A-G late last month. "We have done our part to find out what happened to Muhammad Naquiddin and
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now it is in the hands of the AG," he said. On Sept 19, The Malay Mail reported the commission had completed their investigations, six months after the boy's death. At the time, Ahmad Fauzi said the contractor responsible for the shoddy maintenance work at the playground had been suspended and that the probe team found evidence indicating the contractor, hired by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council, was at fault.
However, he declined to elaborate on the contractor or type of suspension, except to say a copy of the findings would be sent to the council soon. In the March 19 incident, Muhammad Naquiddin was playing football with friends when he slipped, fell on the wet ground and touched the lamp post which electrocuted him. The tragedy created a public uproar following the discovery the lamp post was defective due to shoddy maintenance work and the council's inability to find the contractor’s
details in their records. The victim’s father, Mohd Marzuki Muda, 47, had relentlessly tried seeking answers from the commission, the council and Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). On Aug 11, Mohd Marzuki, with the assistance of The Paper That Cares, visited the commission's headquarters and met with Ahmad Fauzi who had said their report would be released soon. Mohd Marzuki has since accepted legal assistance from Umno Youth for possible legal action against the commission, the council and TNB.
Children and teenagers from eight to 18 years old are exposed to negative cyber culture, including bullying, identity fraud and pornography — Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil
In hot pursuit Police had dead man on their radar for a month
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THE suspected drug dealer who fell off the seventh floor of a four-star hotel in Jalan Istana here in a bid to escape a police raid on Sunday was on police radar for a month. Police had conducted a stakeout on him over his suspected drug dealings, as well as his possible involvement in a robbery in Klang last year. “From our investigations, the deceased served as head of the drug-running operation while three others arrested in the raid — two local men and an Indonesian woman — served as his runners,” South Klang district police chief ACP Muhamad Mat Yusop said. He said Sunday’s raid yielded RM79,500 worth of illicit drugs, comprising 426 Ecstasy pills, 156.7grams of syabu, 251
SEIZED: The cache of drugs seized on Sunday
grams of heroin and a packet of ganja. The heroin was found under the front passenger seat of a Proton Saga Aeroback parked at the hotel. Cash amounting to RM3,750 and four handphones belonging to the suspects were also seized.
Pol i c e, he s ai d, we re also investigating if the Indonesian woman, the girlfriend of one of the two men arrested, served as a drug mule, linking Malaysian and Indonesian dealers. She was supposed to have flown back to Indonesia last
Monday as her visa was due to expire on that date. The trio, aged between 30 and 50, have been remanded until Sunday to facilitate investigations. Muhamad said the syndicate, which was active in distributing drugs in Klang for a year, was constantly on the move by renting hotel rooms as their operation centre. “Prior to the raid, the syndicate members rented two rooms at the hotel for a week and extended their stay in both rooms for another three days,” he said. The drug dealer, 39, in attempting to evade arrest, slipped and fell to his death when escaping from the bathroom window of his hotel room on the seventh floor. His body was found on the roof of the second floor.
The Malay Mail Wednesday 12 OCTOBER, 2011
When a sleep too deep proved fatal EXHAUSTED after their shift at a factory, five Nepali men slept through a fire in their flat in Section 20 yesterday morning. Their deep slumber took a heavy toll, with one dying of burns and the others seriously injured. The 11am incident happened at D' Era flats in Jalan Tupai S20/14, when the five were asleep after their night shift at the Panasonic factory nearby. A neighb our who just returned home noticed smoke coming out from the unit. Zuraidah Hamid, 42, arrived home after visiting a family member's grave in Section 21 when she saw thick smoke curling out of the unit. "I was surprised. I immediately alerted other neighbours to help the occupants inside the unit," she told The Malay Mail. She knocked on the door in vain. "Together with other neigh-
bours, we broke open the door with a sledgehammer and managed to wake the men inside. By that time, the unit was engulfed in flames and the men passed out due to smoke inhalation," she said. The occupants suffered burns but neighbours managed carry them out of the unit. Unfortunately, one of the men succumbed to his injuries shortly after that. Section 15 Fire Station commanding officer Mohd Hissam Sidik, said the Fire and Rescue Department received a distress call at 11.18am and reached the scene five minutes later. Two firetrucks with 19 firefighters took 15 minutes to control the fire. The deceased was identified as Chakra Bahadur Bholum, 21, while his injured countrymen are identified as Chandra Bahadur, Siva Bahadur, Khadka Bahadur Shasta and Tibendra Rana Maghr, all aged between 21 and 27.
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No such letter, Phang tells court FORMER Port Klang Authority (PKA) general manager O.C. Phang told the High Court yesterday she never received any letter from the Transport Ministry stating the RM25 per sq ft (psf) land in Pulau Indah included interest. She said the Finance Ministry and Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB), the company which sold the land, also did not give her such a letter. Phang, 65, said she only knew the price included interest in January after being informed by two investigating officers. — Bernama
Cops looking for suspect in shooting POLICE are looking for a suspect in connection with the death of K. Mohan, 31, from a gunshot wound in his head in an apartment in Ayer Hangat, Langkawi, on Oct 2. Kedah police chief Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim said police are tracking down the suspect, whose photographs were made public. So far, six suspects — two men and four women aged between 17 and 69 years had been arrested."
Parents can opt out from receiving the RM100 assistance for students as announced in the 2012 Budget — Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi
The Malay Mail Wednesday 12 October, 2011
Highway robbers Man 'charmed' out of RM1,000 by Middle-Eastern tricksters
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A MALL super visor was 'charmed' by several sweettalking Middle-Eastern men to whom he lost RM1,000. The victim, 49, claimed he was approached by the lightfingered tricksters near a furniture shop along the Seremban-KL highway near Sungai Besi at 7.40pm last Saturday. "I was at the car park when several Middle-Eastern men in a black Proton Gen 2 car asked for directions to the nearest moneychanger," he said. "They said they wanted to see what the Malaysian ringgit looked like and asked me to show them a RM10 note."
The victim said he obliged and while one of the men looked at the RM10 note, another man distracted him by asking him what a RM100 note looked like. "Both men engaged me in conversation while the one closest to me made some quick hand gestures and murmured something while looking at my wallet," said the victim. "When the RM10 was returned to me, the men left and I slipped the note back into my wallet and that was when I realised that RM1,000 I had in the wallet for paying my car instalment was missing."
The victim, who lodged a report the same evening at the Cheras police station, said he was sure the men did not touch his wallet.
Yesterday, the victim sought the assistance of MCA Public Complaints Bureau chairman Datuk Michael Chong (pic) at the bureau offices here.
"Such sleight-of-hand tactics by con men happen frequently. The public should be cautious when approached by strangers," said Chong.
Sales exec shocked over 'blacklist' A SALES executive who takes pride in being careful about her personal information and documentation had a rude shock when she was told she was blacklisted by banks for a criminal record. Tan Weng Yen, 22, found this out when she tried to open her first savings account with a Maybank branch in June. "My application was turned down and the bank officer told me I had been blacklisted for being involved in a 'black
money' scam in November 2008," she said after seeking assistance at the MCA Public Complaints Bureau yesterday. "I never misplaced my identity card or personal documentations before. I'm surprised my identity had been misused. "I am unable to open an account with any bank until my name is taken off the blacklist." Tan said she lodged a police report in June but the police
had not so far contacted her. Bureau chairman Datuk Michael Chong said he would write a letter to the police urging them to act on Tan's case as soon as possible. "So far this year, we received 21 cases of identity card misuse involving a total loss of RM2.5 million," said Chong. "The ICs get misused in applying for bank loans and credit cards, purchasing of property and even opening savings accounts."
There is a need to revise the entire spectrum of the media, including content, marketing and audience analysis — Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim
The Malay Mail Wednesday 12 OCTOBER, 2011
Singer Ahmad Jais dies at 75
Only four out of 10 families aware of what children do online
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ONLY four out of 10 parents know what their children are accessing on the Internet. Parents are also being duped into thinking their children spend an average of 11 hours a week online, whereas many are actually online for 19 hours. These were the startling figures disclosed by the Women, Family and C ommunity Development Ministry at the Child Online Protection Seminar at a hotel here yesterday. Its minister, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, said the figures were derived from the Norton Online Family Report (2010), which also showed nine out of 10 children had been, at some point, exposed to negative experiences while online. "Nowadays, children as early as four years old have the ability to do a double-click and drag movement like experts
GUIDANCE: (From left) Demi Ng, Amanda Given and Ellisha Pang, all 14 from SMK Sri Bintang Utara, perusing the Child Online Protection book launched by Sharizat
and parents should play an important role in preventing them from being exposed to dangerous elements in the cyberworld," she said. "We will cooperate with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the private sector to identify the main online threats and on how to
protect children from them. "From the outcome of today's seminar, a new policy and law will be drafted to protect children in the cyberworld while accessing the Internet." Shahrizat, who also launched a Child Online Protection book to guide families on Internet-friendly experiences,
said the ministry planned to conduct programmes with parents and Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) to give them enough information to handle such situations. "We know parents are eager to learn more about this menace and we are ready to guide them because they must have full awareness to understand their role in monitoring their children," she said. The seminar yesterday comprised 13 sessions with speakers from the government, NGOs and private sector, including Interpol Malaysia's National Central Bureau assistant director Supt Gan Tack Guan, CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Lt Col (Rtd) Prof Datuk Husin Jazri and Childline Malaysia representative, Au Yong Wai Leem. The topics discussed included international cooperation to combat crimes against children, how children use technology, and managing Internet-savvy children.
Threats kids face on the net ● Cyber-bullying: When children are threatened, harassed, or targeted by other children using the Internet, mobile phone or other digital technology. ● Cyber-grooming: A process employed by child abusers to prepare a potential target for abuse by befriending and gaining the trust of a child. ● Identity theft: When someone uses your personal information accidentally disclosed or deliberately stolen, such as phone number or birth date, without your knowledge. ● Pornography: Children can be easily persuaded to pose in sexual positions with the right incentive and unknowingly become victims of child pornography.
130 per cent increase in Internet crimes
IN the first nine months of this year, 11,930 cases of cyber crimes have been reported to CyberSecurity Malaysia, marking a whopping 130 per cent increase from the same period last year. "The sharp rise in the number of reports on cyber crimes is due to the increasing number of Internet users here and greater
public awareness of our hotline," said CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Lt Col (Rtd) Prof Datuk Husin Jazri, one of the speakers at the Child Online Protection Seminar held yesterday. "The top cyber crimes here are fraud, spam, intrusion, malicious code, cyber harassment, vulnerabilities report, denial-
of-service attacks and contentrelated attacks." Husin said according to the latest data up to the first quarter of this year, 61.18 per cent of Malaysia's population of 28.6 million are Internet users. "Nowadays, out of four emails received by an Internet user on a daily average, one email is likely to be fraudulent," he said.
"Of the 11,930 cases up to September this year, fraud makes up the biggest number at 4,175 cases." Next two highest are spam (3,452 cases) and intrusion (2,345 cases). "Last year, there were 354 cases involving cyber harassment, and happily none were perpetuated by children," said Husin.
"Still, we are glad to be working together with the Women, Fa m i l y a n d C o m mu n i t y Development Ministry to educate parents and children to stop children being victimised by cyber criminals while surfing the Internet." Husin urged those victimised by cyber crimes to email cyber999@cybersecurity.
Engineers to tee-off for disaster relief training
THERE is nothing like a round of golf to help out a good cause. On Oct 22, RedR Malaysia is organising a golf tournament at the Tasik Puteri Golf and Country Club in Rawang, Selangor, to raise funds to train Malaysian volunteers for disaster-relief work overseas. The tee-off will be at 8am and the aim is to raise over RM50,000. "Through this event, RedR hopes to generate public interest in our activities, and network with interested organisations," said RedR treasurer
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Nurul Fadillah Mazlan. Established in January 2008, RedR's main purpose is to recruit engineers for relief services in disaster situations all over the world. "We plan to send two to four volunteers to Australia next year, where RedR Australia will train them on two basic courses, namely, essentials of humanitarian practice (EHP) and personal security and communications (PSC)," said Nurul Fadillah.
"Eventually, we hope to gain enough skills and experience to set up our own local training programmes." RedR Malaysia currently has 52 registered members and organised seminars in 2007 and this year to introduce their causes to the public. Led by current president Datuk Ir Ahmad Husaini Sulaiman, they have also participated at international RedR programmes, conducted by RedR members in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United
Kingdom, since 2007. "We are now also working to implement Training of Trainers programmes to train and register our own members for disaster-relief deployments," said Nurul Fadillah. RedR founder Peter Guthrie came up with the idea for t h i s n o n - g ov e r n m e nt a l organisation (NGO) when he was assigned to help in the Vietnamese boat people crisis at Pulau Bidong, Malaysia, in 1980. He realised there was a pressing need for various
engineering inputs in disaster situations, such as sanitation, water supply and infrastructure, and the necessity to start a register of engineers. The resulting organisation, known as the Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief (RedR), can be called upon at short notice to work with frontline relief agencies. For more on the golf tournament, contact RedR secretary Mohd Adnan Mohd Nor at mdadnan@redrmalaysia. org.my or at 019-3884 988 or visit RedR's website at www. redrmalaysia.org.my.
VETERAN singer Datuk Mohd Jais Ahmad (pic), popularly known as Ahmad Jais, died at the Darul Ehsan Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur about 9.20am yesterday, following what was believed to be lung complications. He was 75. He was buried at the Section 21 Muslim cemetery in Shah Alam. Ahmad Jais, who was popular with such songs as Selamat Hari Raya and Budi Setahun Segunung Intan — a duet with Kartina Dahari — had been admitted to the hospital two weeks ago after complaining of breathing difficulties. He is survived by five children. His wife, Mas Halilah Mas Nayeem, died on June 22, 2009. — Bernama
Police hunt man who shot driver POLICE are hunting a suspect who shot a doctor's personal driver before snatching a slingbag near a clinic in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, on Monday. Sentul district deputy police chief Supt Othman Abu Bakar said they are trying to identify the male suspect and his accomplice, also a male. "Three witnesses have given their statements to police but the information can't help to track down the suspect. "The suspect wore a long sleeve shirt and a fully covered face crash helmet making it difficult to identify," he told Bernama. Othman said that a bullet was successfully removed from the neck of the doctor's personal driver, who is in stable condition at Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
Ex-Umno division chief cleared FORMER Kubang Kerian Umno division chief Mat Zin Awang walked out a free man yesterday after he was acquitted and discharged by the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya on a charge of cheating a company general manager of RM10,000, 11 years ago. In a majority 2-1 decision, a three-man panel led by Datuk Abdul Malik Ishak allowed Mat Zin's appeal to set aside the Gua Musang Sessions Court's 2004 decision to convict and jail him for two years for the offence. Justices Abdul Malik and Datuk Wira Mohtaruddin Baki decided for Mat Zin, now a businessman, while Datuk Azhar Ma'ah dissented. — Bernama
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By FAIZAL NOR IZHAM and RAM ANAND
Busted baggage blues
Airline willing to compensate, but passenger plans to sue A BUSINESSMAN from China is upset with the delay in getting compensation for his damaged luggage. LEON ZHANG, 36, claims Malaysia Airlines has mishandled his brand-new baggage while in transit. "On the night of Aug 5, I took a flight from India to Malaysia and then another from Malaysia to Shanghai Pudong International Airport." While in Malaysia, he says the airline company did not transfer the bag his to the Shanghai-bound aircraft. "I eventually got my luggage on Aug 7, however, I found it to be in a poor condition." He says the luggage has been broken open, resulting in the combination lock being completely damaged. "There were also damages on the edges, as the rubber is broken, and also on the exter-
nal surface." He claims he bought the luggage just before the trip. LEON subsequently requested Malaysia Airlines to deal with the matter, but says the airline company has yet to resolve it. "I have been enduring this problem for a very long time." ● A Malaysian Airline System Berhad spokesman says the company regrets the damage caused to LEON'S luggage. Says a spokesman: "We have contacted LEON with a proposal and are awaiting his decision to resolve the matter amicably. "Malaysia Airlines places customer satisfaction as its top priority, and is commit-
SPOILED: The luggage in question; (inset) The damaged lock
ted to ensure exemplary service delivery and recovery at all levels." When contacted, LEON says the airline company emailed him on the matter on Oct 2, to which he replied on Oct 8.
"I requested them a compensation of RMB1,000 for wasting my time and RMB514 for the luggage," he says. "But Malaysia Airlines only agreed to compensate me for the luggage. They did not even consider my previ-
ous queries for so long." LEON says money is not a priority. "I want them to realise they have no right to waste passengers’ time. "It is their fault my luggage is damaged, but they refused to compensate for it at first. They then told me
they would compensate me RMB100 after a few days and would then compensate another RMB300 a few days afterwards." He says he does not hope to resolve the issue amicably and is preparing to sue the airline.
Seeing red over twin insurance fees FADZLINA AHMAD is unhappy about being doublecharged by her bank for a fire insurance premium on a property. She says her CIMB Islamic account is a refinanced one from her original CIMB bank account, and she feels it unfair to be charged again
despite already having a premium from the previous account. "After making my monthly installment payments for June and July, I found an outstanding amount of RM161.58 which I later discovered to be an additional fire insurance premium for
TAKE NOTE 1. Owners of illegally parked cars, especially those causing traffic obstruction, will have their vehicles towed away and slapped with a maximum compound of RM270 by the Shah Alam City Council which embarked on the exercise beginning this month. 2. Holders can correct their names on the MyKad under Section 6 of the National Registration Act 1959. They must submit
relevant documents, such as the MyKads, marriage and/or divorce certificates, birth certificates and proof of identification. 3. Restaurant operators in Selayang, who illegally place tables and chairs at parking bays, will be fined RM250 by the Selayang Municipal Council under Section 46(1)(b) of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.
the new account." "Didn't the officer-incharge check if I have a fire insurance with the previous account?" FADZLINA informed CIMB Bank to waive the charges in the middle of June but the bank did not do so till mid-August.
By then, she says she has already incurred an additional 41 sen in insurance penalty charges for late payment. "I am afraid, instead of paying my installments, I will end up paying such penalties. "I have since tried calling
the bank but there has no response." ● A CIMB Bank Berhad spokesman says the bank has waived all extra interests charged to FADZLINA's account. "We regret to learn the customer has been double-
charged in this issue. "Due to our good relationship with the customer, we have also decided to waive all the penalty charges she has incurred." When contacted, FADZLINA confirms the penalties charged to her have been waived by the bank.
Online comments www.mmail.com.my Roadside parking squeeze (Oct 10) ● PLEASE provide more parking space. It is a simple matter to resolve and only the authority has the power to do that. They should also not fine people without providing a solution. — Anonymous In 'cold' blood (Oct 10) ● THANK you doctor for you explanation. I won't say more
but may I suggest you should do some spot checks once in a while. Hope this would help you to improve the mentality of the staff involved in the blood donation campaigns. — Abang Tan ML ● ONLY keep asking for bonus, salary increment, etc. CUEPACS, take a look at the attitude of the staff. Maybe in the next Budget, the government must give subsidies for blood. — Anonymous
Not-so-happy birthday (Oct 5) ● IN future, only buy directly from telco stores. — Persona Putrid Park (Sept 29) ● THIS is the sorry state of parks and playgrounds everywhere. Too much reliance on local councils to clean them up. The local community or Rukun Tetangga committee should also conduct gotong-
royong to clear the mess. — Anonymous Taken for a ride (Sept 15) ● I WONDER why this problem continues to exist despite the media highlighting it over and over again. What are the people in the relevant ministry or SPAD doing? It will be a neverending problem as long as enforcement is not there. — Farid
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Myanmar announced more than 6,300 prisoners will be pardoned from today 'on humanitarian grounds', without saying whether political prisoners would be among them — AFP
Anti-Russian verdict EU warns Tymoshenko sentence will hit Ukraine ties
RUSSIA said yesterday it saw an "obvious anti-Russian subtext" to Ukraine's conviction and sentencing of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko (pic) for abuse of office in relation to a 2009 gas deal she brokered with Russia. "The gas agreements in question were drawn up in strict compliance with the laws of Russia and Ukraine and the applicable norms of
international law," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website. "In relation to that, we cannot help but notice an obvious anti-Russian subtext to the entire saga." Tymoshenko's three-month trial ended yesterday as a Ukrainian judge handed her a seven-year sentence — the maximum sought by State prosecutors — in a case widely regarded in the West as
politically orchestrated. Moscow's reading of the case contradicted its traditional loyalties in Ukraine. Tymoshenko was a leader of the 2004 Orange Revolution that brought pro-Western leader Viktor Yushchenko to the presidency. Russia has struck a much softer tone towards Kiev since last year and the beginning of the term of current President Viktor Yanukovich, who is
seen as closer to Moscow. T h e Eu rop e an Un i on swiftly warned that the trial had endangered the chances of signing an Association Agreement with Ukraine, a key goal of Yanukovych which would mark a first step towards membership. The deal struck between Ukraine and Russia in 2009 was greeted with relief by the EU since it ended a pricing dispute that led to disrup-
tions in gas supplies to parts of the bloc. Ukraine has demanded Russia renegotiate the gas contracts. Tymoshenko portrayed the trial as a historic fight to ensure Ukraine's future at the heart of Europe and said the case is a vendetta pursued by Yanukovych to eliminate her from politics after their tight tussle in 2010 presidential elections. — Agencies
Not-so-super superhero behind bars
SUBMERGED: The World Heritage site Chaiwattanaram Temple in Ayutthaya yesterday
100 crocs escape farm during Thailand floods AROUND 100 crocodiles have escaped from a farm in central Thailand, sparking new fears as the country struggles to overcome crippling floods that have left more than 250 people dead. The crocodiles escaped when Crocodile Farm Uthai Thani was inundated with floodwater over the weekend, The Bangkok Post reported yesterday. Thailand's Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department is now seeking to calm fears, with Thirapat Prayoonsit, the department's deputy chief, saying most of the escaped
crocodiles were young and less than one-metre-long. "Please, do not panic," Thirapat said. "The crocodiles are not fierce like those living in the wild. On the contrary, they are rather scared of people." Still, officials told The Post the department was recruiting specialist crocodile hunters to help catch the reptile escapees. Government officials in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam say more than 500 people have died across the three countries during unusually heavy monsoon rains over
the past two weeks. More than 250 of the deaths were recorded in Thailand, while more than 200, including 83 children, have died in Cambodia. Huge efforts are now underway to stop the waters from reaching low-lying Bangkok, home to 12 million people, with prevention measures including sandbags along the Chao Phraya river. A large amount of runoff water is expected to reach the city in the next few days, while high tides will make it harder for the floods to flow out to sea.
A SELF-PROCLAIMED superhero could be charged by police over an alleged pepper spray attack on revelers making their way home from a Seattle nightclub. Phoenix Jones — known for his black and yellow bulletproof and stabproof outfit — was arrested and spent the night behind bars after the incident, reports NewsCore. A supporter of his vigilante actions recorded the clash on video showing Jones and his sidekick, known as Ghost. Jones, 23, said he was breaking up a fight when he sprayed four people with pepper spray but footage appears not to show any confrontation between his victims, who told police they were singing and dancing as they walked home under an overpass when Jones attacked. Jones is one of a number of homemade superheroes to have
VIGILANTE: Phoenix Jones in his stabproof outfit
sprung up in the US following the release of the movie Kick Ass, about a suburban teenager who turns to crime fighting in a green and yellow wetsuit. In January, Jones said: "When I walk into a neighbourhood, criminals leave because they see the suit. I symbolise that the average person doesn't have to walk around and see bad things and do nothing." But a week later, after Jones had his nose broken after injecting himself into a fight, Seattle police detective Mark Jamieson warned him and other self-styled superheroes, "Don't insert yourself into those situations. If you see something, call 911." Jones, whose real name is Benjamin John Francis Fodor, was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree assault. He is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow.
Watson dumped for being famous BRITISH actress Emma Watson's former boyfriend Francis Boulle ended their relationship as he thought she was too famous. Watson briefly dated Boulle, who now stars in British reality TV show Made In Chelsea. The actor said he called time on the romance because he didn't want to known as someone else's boyfriend, reports the Times of India. "We had a bit of a thing a while back but I have always been an ambitious person and I want to achieve my own notoriety for what I've done," Boulle told Heat magazine. "That's why I chose not to pursue it any longer, because I didn't want to be the boyfriend of some child actress."
Station sorry for TV God THE head of a private Tunisian TV channel apologised yesterday for airing part of a film judged blasphemous by Muslims, after Islamists launched an attack on the network's offices in protest. "I apologise," Nessma TV president Nebil Karoui said on Monastir radio about Friday's broadcast of Persepolis, a globally-acclaimed film on Iran's 1979 revolution. The offending scene of the animated film concerns an old, bearded image of God, of whom all depictions are forbidden by Islam. "I am sorry for all the people who were disturbed by this sequence, which also shocked me," said Karoui. — AFP
Iranian president criticises flogging IRANIAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke out yesterday against the weekend flogging of a student convicted of insulting him, saying other, more powerful people criticised him with impunity, the presidency website said. "Since influential people can freely defame us, I disapprove of flogging a young man for insulting the president," Ahmadinejad said during a meeting with regional governors. Peyman Aref, a student activist, received 74 lashes on Sunday before leaving the prison where he had served a year-long term. — AFP
Kidman, Kerr, admired over PM WHAT do a pair of Olympians, a model, an opera singer, a surfer, a princess and a former Masterchef contestant have in common? They've all beaten Prime Minister Julia Gillard in the popularity stakes, reports The Australian. The prime minister came 58th on a list of Australia's 100 most admired women, according to a survey commissioned by an insurance company. Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman topped the survey. Actresses Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman ranked third and fifth, separated by Olivia Newton-John and model Miranda Kerr was eighth.
Live&learn The journey begins with Mahsa
Completing the SPM/STPM/ Matriculation examinations leaves you and your parents at a crossroad. Questions such as “What next?” and “Where should I pursue my studies?” keep occurring in your mind. You attend Education Fairs and talk to cousins and aunts and friends to seek their advice. Sometimes you become frustrated, not knowing what is best. Search no more. If you are interested in the medical and healthcare field, then MAHSA is your answer. MAHSA University College is a premier institution in the country offering a wide range of programmes at certificate, diploma, degree and masters levels in the field of medical and allied health sciences. Most of its degree programmes are conducted in collaboration with prestigious universities in the United Kingdom.
All courses at MAHSA have been accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE, the National Accreditation Board (LAN) and the Nursing Board of Malaysia. Thus MAHSA’s programmes are internationally recognised. The wide array of allied health sciences courses range from medicine and nursing to physiotherapy and medical imaging. MAHSA is a centre of academic excellence for both local and international students that offers high quality courses which focus strongly on clinical training apart from theory. MAHSA gives importance to clinical training in order to produce professionals who are not only knowledgeable experts in their fields, but who are also highly competent and skilled with hands-on experience. This is in line with MAHSA’s aim to meet the
surging demand for professionals in the healthcare industry. MAHSA shines in its commitment to provide excellence in teaching and course delivery. To accomplish this, MAHSA endows its students with a team of highly qualified, experienced, passionate, distinctive and dedicated lectures and academicians. MAHSA’s primary policy is to produce healthcare professionals who are experts, technically competent, computer literate and highly skilled. MAHSA also exerts importance on training their students to acquire excellent communication skills and language skills especially in English. With that in mind, MAHSA provides a wide range of training with adequate clinical facilities for all aspects of professional development, including acquisition of knowledge, skills and developing the appropriate attitude to patient care. MAHSA University College is the proud recipient of several prestigious awards for its excellent and outstanding contribution to healthcare education. In 2006, only one year after its founding, MAHSA was awarded the Excellence in Education Award by the National Association of Private Education Institutions (NAPEI). MAHSA proudly bagged the award again in 2008. In 2009 it was awarded the GTI Students’ Choice Awards as the most popular university of choice for Nursing. MAHSA is also the first private institution of higher learning to receive the ISO 9001:2000 certification for its efficient Quality Management System (quality in management/ administration). It currently has obtained the ISO 9001:2008 certification as well. MAHSA has two campuses in strategic locations in the Klang Valley: one in Pusat Bandar Damansara and the other in Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya. Both are equipped with comprehensive infrastructure and state-of-theart facilities that include libraries, multi–disciplinary medical labs, computer labs, a mini pharmacy, electrotherapy rooms, simulation wards, wards, x-ray rooms, gymnasiums and even a swimming pool. At MAHSA, students are assured of receiving world-class healthcare education with appropriate facilities for leisure and well-being.
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MAHSA’s catalogue of programmes also include: Degree and Postgraduate Programmes • BACHELOR OF MEDICINE BACHELOR OF SURGERY (MBBS) • DOCTOR OF DENTAL SURGERY (DDS) • M.SC in NURSING, NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY, UK • M.SC in SCIENCE, ADVANCED HEALTHCARE (INTERNATIONAL) LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY, UK • M PHARM (2+2) LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY, UK • BACHELOR OF PHARMACY (HONS0 • B.Sc. (HONS) in NURSING STUDIES (4+0) UNIVERSITY OF TEESSIDE, MIDDLESBROUGH, UK • B.Sc. (HONS) in NURSING PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT (TOP-UP DEGREE), NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY, UK • B.Sc. (HONS) in PHYSIOTHERAPY (4+0), NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY, UK • B.Sc. (HONS) in BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (4+0), NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY, UK Diploma Programmes • ADVANCED DIPLOMA in MIDWIFERY • DIPLOMA in NURSING • DIPLOMA in PHARMACY • DIPLOMA in PHYSIOTHERAPY • DIPLOMA in MEDICAL IMAGING (RADIOGRAPHY) • DIPLOMA in MEDICAL LAB TECHNOLOGY • DIPLOMA in ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH • DIPLOMA in DENTAL TECHNOLOGY Certificate Programmes • CERTIFICATE for DENTAL SURGERY ASSISTANTS • CERTIFICATE for FOUNDATION IN SCIENCE In order to meet the nation’s aspiration, MAHSA is committed to continuous quality improvement of its curriculum and course delivery. Here, students can unlock their potential and become the best that they can be. For more information, please call 1800 88 0300, 03-2092 9999, 03-2093 8992 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to: www.mahsa.edu.my.
FACILITY: The physio centre
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Develop people skills with WOU Having a heart for social work and wanting to “give back to society” motivated a senior tax management official to take up psychology at Wawasan Open University (WOU). Lee Chin Chu, 52, enrolled at WOU in July 2009 and is presently in her fifth semester of her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology programme offered by the School of Foundation and Liberal Studies (SFLS). She has been working in the tax and audit field for over 25 years, currently holding the position of associate director-cum-senior manager in an established tax consultancy firm in Ampang, Selangor. A chartered tax consultant and an associate member of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, she enjoys meeting people, doing presentations and honing her interpersonal skills. She took up psychology to explore and delve into the human behaviour, especially since she often meets people from all walks of life in her line of work. “I am beginning to appreciate why people behave in a certain way, and learning not to be too judgemental. I am now able to better manage my staff and relate to others,” she said. Lee volunteers at a special children’s home in Ampang, and is hoping to be more involved in such activities in the near future, adding, “With a degree in psychology from WOU, I shall be prepared to take on bigger challenges at work and in other areas.” Not content with just a Bachelor’s, she aspires to eventually obtain a Doctor of Psychology degree. “I believe my niche in life is to undertake social-oriented work and contribute to society. I feel a great sense of accomplishment if I am able to impact other people’s life in a positive way, to make a difference.” WOU’s psychology programme serves to equip students with good communication and problem-solving skills, allowing them to adopt a holistic approach in dealing with workplace issues. Graduates may work as social workers, counsellors, motivators, wellness consultants, and rehabilitation service officers, or assist psychologists
GOING BEYOND: WOU makes higher education dreams possible and other professionals in community mental health centres, vocational rehabilitation offices, and correctional programmes. An understanding of psychology proves useful in other professions as well which require interaction and public relations. The university, through the SFLS, also offers Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Liberal Studies which helps students to develop soft skills, creativity, analytical thinking and a broader sense of judgement and logical thinking. They will learn to communicate effectively, anticipate and solve unexpected problems, and to appreciate other cultures, languages and beliefs. In short, the liberal studies programme produces confident, compe-
SOFT SKILL COURSES: SFLS senior lecturer Jasmine Emmanuel explains about the programmes offered
tent, employees and decision-makers, who exemplify team spirit and are an asset to any organisation. WOU is now open for enrolment for the January 2012 intake. This is the opportunity for you to study while you work since the university delivers education anywhere, anytime through open distance learning. You study according to your pace and what’s more you pay only for the courses you register for, making higher education at WOU really flexible, accessible and affordable. For details on WOU’s psychology and liberal studies programmes, or to learn about the other programme offerings, call the toll-free WOU Careline at 1-300-888-968 (WOU) or log on to wou. edu.my
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The stage is all-set for the crowning of the ﬁrst Perfect Gentleman
To be The Perfect Gentleman
By KARINA FOO email@example.com SO, there’s Miss Universe where anyone who watches it would be awe-struck by such exquisite personification of beauty. But what happened to Mr Universe? | Apparently, exhibiting a chiselled body with sinewy muscles isn’t enough to score points as the new-age male vies to be seen as someone with substance, personality and talent — some qualities of a gentleman. With this, NTV 7’s The Perfect Gentleman was THE perfect opportunity for men to strut their stuff and show what
they were made of. Although it was more than a guy's beauty contest, the contestants were indeed beautiful and impeccably groomed, so much so, they oozed metrosexuality. The winner was 31-year-old Joel Sih who won over the judges and audience as he beat five other strong contenders in the live grand finale shown on NTV 7 last Saturday. Despite some of the judges’ harsh comments, this construction project manager from Klang took the critique as constructive feedback. “All the contestants received honest criticisms from our mentors and judges and if you aren’t strong, it would break you. But we listened to what was said and took it as an opportunity to improve ourselves. I would like the ability to speak more eloquently,” said Sih. The first runnerup was John Lee and winner of the Most Photogenic Award, followed by
CREAM OF THE CROP: The finalists with host Hoong Jia Hui
the second runner-up, Jake You. The other courageous contestants were William Joey Lewis, Wilson Choo and Chong Kong Jie (winner of the Most Popular award). Even when they had to exude confidence, some of them looked like they were quivering at the sight of the rather intimidating judging panel comprising popular actors Debbie Goh, Mark Lee, Jiang Pei Pei, award winning fashion extraordinaire Gillian Hung and author and editor, Jane Wong. Sih didn’t always stand tall as he became disheartened and almost gave up in the previous rounds. “I failed to complete several challenges and that made me lose hope. There came a point when I didn’t want to continue anymore but my mentors told me to buck up and get a grip because they said that winners never give up. So I re-focused myself and picked up from there. Also, just hours before the show, we had to
STRUTTING HIS STUFF: Sih showing off his Kung Fu iand during the catwalk presentation
THE JUDGES: (From left) Wong, Jiang, Lee, Hung and Goh brace ourselves and learn how to relax because the pressure we were facing was enormous and sometimes overwhelming,” recalled Sih, who also participated in two similar talent contest shows before auditioning for The Perfect Gentleman. At the beginning of the finale, it looked like some of the finalists were nearing a nervous breakdown as they seemed to have been thrown out in the cold to give a brief introduction about themselves to several audience members. But Sih said it was his best round. “I’ve done self introductions many times and could feel the great energy from the crowd. It gave my confidence a boost and that made it a great start for me to continue with the finale.” The second round was when contestants were given 30 seconds to give their best answers to questions about the hardknocks of life followed by the third round where they had to showcase their talents. The
biggest audience reaction was given to You, as he impressed everyone with his feisty Hip Hop performance. Sih got physical with his Kung-Fu demonstration but admitted that he wasn’t really a martial arts exponent; he learned the performance choreography in only three weeks. In a way, it was easy for him because this fast learner was already very fit. “I love being active with outdoor and recreational activities. I also go to the gym to do weights around three to four times a week and I look after my diet with less sugar, carbs and salt,” said the very disciplined winner. An all-male show wouldn’t contain half the cat fights normally seen on female competitive shows, so while Sih knew who his competition was, he had a different and proactive way of dealing with it. “I thought William and John were probably the hardest to beat. William is a very mature
guy while John appeared to be very gung-ho and competitive. I saw these qualities as their strengths and tried to adopt some of them to help me get to the top,” said Sih who’s winning strategy saw him take home cash and prizes worth up to RM80,000. The Perfect Gentleman is a reality show and the ultimate test of personality, talent, and style as guys from all over the country sweat it out to win the coveted title of the finest man in Malaysia. But we had to ask The Perfect Gentleman himself what exactly defines a real perfect gentleman? “He should present himself well, be courageous,
WINNER: Sih holding his mock cheque and trophy
Don’t sweat it, you might get B.O. WHEN you enter the gym and it smells like socks and onions — welcome to the world of lingering sweat remnants. Lovely. Sharing the treadmill or any space with someone who has bad body odour (B.O.) will bring you to the next level of helplessness. But this can happen anywhere, as you’ll encounter people who don’t know they smell bad but it gets personal when they could be your friends, or even you, yourself. DON’T BLAME THE SWEAT The unforgiving humidity in Malaysia already causes most of us to perspire but sweat itself is odourless. It’s only when we don’t shower the sweat off in time that it starts to stink, thanks to the bacteria that live on your skin. Odour happens when the
bacteria breaks down sweat. YOU’RE PERSPIRING RIGHT NOW You don’t have to be working out or be in the sun to sweat because if you spend all day in an air-conditioned room, you still sweat even if you can’t see or feel it. Sweat is the body’s way of releasing toxins and it is also caused by how we feel (stress and emotions) together with our physical movements. “These factors are inevitable in people’s daily routines and have a silent effect without them realising it,” said Chin Chern Yen, brand manager for deodarant brand, Rexona at Unilever (M) Holdings. THE DIRTY SECRET If you find your friends jokingly suggest you should use a deodorant, they could very well mean it. The No Sweat Survey
this stinky situation, as Chin says, “We hope to inspire more people into reconsidering their daily personal care practices.”
SUNNY FROLIC: You may be having fun but you might also be breaking a nasty sweat when it's this hot. commissioned by Rexona said that 65 per cent of Malaysians use jokes to express how serious they are about their friends’ B.O. And, being the polite bunch that we are, the study also revealed that 60 per cent of people would hold their breath rather than confront their neighbour’s pungent waft. Unfortunately, people who have body odour
aren’t aware that they have it and it doesn’t help that friends are too embarrassed to tell them about it. B.O. can cause a lack in self-confidence as well as securing a job. The study found that six out of 10 Malaysians don’t use deodorant simply because they think they don’t need to and already smell fine. Oh dear, but Rexona does have a solution to
The Don’t Sweat It with Rexona gathering offered guests an experiential platform to uncover the five causes of sweat: movement, heat, stress, humidity and emotions. Five stations were set up accordingly and guests were punching it out on inflated punching bags to relieve stress, while others were posing for Polaroid shots at the simulated setting of the beach. However, the ultimate cause of sweat for that night was when they watched the thriller, Dream House where sweat glands were going on overdrive
due to a roller coaster of emotions ignited by the movie. Needless to say, it was a fun-filled, educational and sweaty night.
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n willing to try new things and be open-minded while not being afraid of failure. I believe that these are also the qualities that women want in a man and I hope that I have these qualities,” said Sih. The Perfect Gentleman first aired in July with 12 episodes leading up to the finale. Contestants endured rigorous elimination rounds where the first audition saw only 30 contestants being selected. They were scrutinised further and only 16 progressed to the next level where they were pushed to their limits in a series of formidable challenges but were also personally coached by the judges. Only six were left to outdo each other at the finale.
WHILE many throng gym studios for their cardio classes, running still remains one of the most popular exercises. This no-frills, cheap and most convenient form of exercise is something that most people can do, with regard to one's age and level of fitness of course. Running is one of the world’s most participated activity as it unites people from all walks of life for one common interest. RUNNING IS GOOD FOR THE BODY AND SOUL When we say running, we also mean jogging. You’ll work all the major muscle groups in your body such as your gluteus maximus (the butt), quadriceps (thighs), abductors (outer thighs) and adductors (inner thighs), hamstrings (back of the thighs) and calves. While it’s great for the lower body and gives your tush a tight squeezable look, you’ll also have to do some strength training for your upper body to balance the load. Running is also an excellent cardiovascular workout that’ll help you shed fat and lose weight as well as burn a lot of calories (up to 800 calories an hour – that’s equivalent to one regular-sized plate of Char Kuay Teow. You often hear about “Runner’s High” and that refers to how good people feel when they run or exercise. When the body is being exercised, it is put under some stress and that stimulates the release of the feel good hormone, endorphins that gives you a sense of elation and calm. The harder you push yourself during exercise, the more endorphins are released
to reduce stress, help alleviate depression, and clear the head for a more positive outlook. This readies you for the daily grind ahead. POSE, AND THOU SHALT RUN FAR Aside from being reasonable fit, the secret to running far and for long distances without tiring yourself out is how you run. The reason why the super-fit Tarahumara people from Mexico (see side bar), can out-run any wild animal is because they run with their bare feet which makes them naturally land on the front of their soles first with each step, also known as forefoot strike, or in more advanced and scientific terms: The Pose Method, developed by scientist and two time Russian Olympic coach, Dr Nicholas S. Romanov in 1997). It’s quite simple — when we run with shoes, we naturally land on our heels first because we automatically rely on the cushioning and shock absorption of the shoes. But heel-first landing places four times your body weight on your joints and puts a lot of unnecessary strain on the knees, ankles ad shins. You also expend more energy and tire easily. The Pose method, however, is believed to use less energy and enables you to run faster and longer. It’s when you run with your upper body slightly tilted at a forward angle which makes you land on the front balls of your feet first (fore-foot). So instead of using all of your own energy, you use gravity to propel your feet off the ground for the next step. This technique of running can reduce the impact on your knees by 50 per cent, says a study published in the Journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Born to run GOOD EXERCISE: Running unites people If you still don’t get it, try running with your regular trainers and you’ll notice that your heels will strike the ground first. Take the shoes off, and the front balls of your feet will land first. You’ll also feel like you can run further and longer because you’re less tired and your knees aren’t going “Ouch.. ouch” with every step. This isn’t to say that you should chuck your shoes and run barefoot because you’ll soon find you won’t have any feet left. But do choose to wear shoes that can almost mimic barefoot running.
take part in one of the four categories: Full Marathon (42km) Half Marathon (2km), 10km and 5km. Although registrations have closed, everyone’s invited to come support fellow Malaysians and other runners from Singapore, Australia
(including some members of the Aussie Navy) and Kenya. You’ll get the runner’s high without even running as there’ll be running clinics and tutorials as well as other nonrunning related surprises and booths that’ll make this the
most colourful and exciting event. The Full Marathon flags off at 8pm followed by the other running categories. For more information, visit www.putrajayanightmarathon2011.com or www. hooha.asia.
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as they run either barefoot or with sandals to communicate between villages as well as to hunt. The name, Raramuri is in their native tongue and it translates to “people who run fast”, according to the late ethnographer, Carl Lumholtz of Norway. While people specially train for marathons, running, for the Tarahumara people, is a daily affair as it is part of their tradition
and culture. They also run in relay games where the male runners kick wooden balls and the women use a stick and hoop as they run. These relays can last from a few hours to a couple of days without a break. Of course, our own caveman ancestors were also runners (running to their prey, or running away from being prey). This would explain why they were in excellent physical shape.
DAILY AFFAIR: One of the Tarahumara people doing what they do naturally
Running is life WHILE we rely on cars to get us to and from places, others around the world use their legs as their primary mode of transport. A Mexican tribe, known as the Tarahumara or Raramuri people from the north western part of Mexico, run up to 190km in one bout lasting over two days. These Native Americans and true-Iron Men seem to be gifted with super-human fitness
by brisk walking and then jogging or running. This process takes as long as you allow your fitness and stamina to build. • Always warm up before and stretch after a run: Warm up by marching on the spot to allow blood to circulate and your limbs to loosen up. Hip circles, squats, torso rotations and knee raises are the standard and very simple warm-up exercises to do before a session. Only stretch if your body is warm enough because stretching entirely cold muscles can lead to injury (it’s like suddenly pulling a rubber band and it snaps). After the walk or run, stretch the muscles that have been used: the hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and calves.
GETTING STARTED Always start any exercise with a slow and gradual progress especially if you haven’t worked out in a while or are recovering from an injury. If you’re a beginner, you’ll find that you can’t just lace up and run 20km ( but please tell us if you can and we’ll write about you!) The key is preparation, baby steps and precaution: • Invest in a quality pair of running shoes: It might be a good idea to see a podiatrist to access what kind of feet you have to select the most
Catch the running fever IF you want to witness an epic marathon and the magic of a beautiful city, make your way to the The Putrajaya Night Marathon 2011 at Palace of Justice, Precinct 3, on Saturday, from 6pm onwards. Up to 10,000 runners will
suitable shoes for you. This would reduce the risk of injuries and foot-related problems like blistering, calluses and wearing of the toenails. • Start by walking first: Always maintain a straight posture. Use your arms to push and propel you forward with each step. Once you’re more confident, take it up a notch
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KUALA LUMPUR: HOCKEY/ MALAYSIA LEAGUE
'We played poorly' YNS coach denies strategic draw to avoid KLHC By VIJHAY VICK firstname.lastname@example.org
YAYA S A N N E G E R I SEMBILAN (YNS) coach K. Rajan denies playing for a draw in the f inal Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) match on Sunday. Some parties believe the club considered the knock-out draw ahead of their match against UiTM. This was to avoid finishing fifth, which would mean they could meet league winners KL Hockey Club in the semifinals should both teams progress to that stage. "It is just nonsensical. We have to treat every team equally in these rounds. We cannot think of the semifinals before getting past the quarters," said Rajan. "Why would we want to think of the later rounds and pl ay a toug h te am
early? We will play Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) on Wednesday. We lost to them
MAYBANK will treat their Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) Cup quarterfinal match with UniKL today with caution. Wily tactician Wallace Tan (pic) plans to use UniKL's game play to his advantage. The Maybank coach is aware of UniKL's fast blend of hockey and believes the university side has some talented youngsters who can cause damage if allowed too much space. "We have to take the chances that are created. We have to hit them back through fast counter attacks," said Wallace. "It will be a close contest again. A first-leg win is vital. It will not only give us an advantage going into the second-leg but also provide a morale boost." Un i K L a n d M ay b a n k played to a 2-2 draw in their league match. UniKL could have won the match
but Dedi Aryandi sent his penalty stroke wide. Maybank will hope to keep up their penalty corner conversion rate. Hairul Nizam Abd Rani and Mohd Zulhairi Hashim have been showing devastating form in that department. Meanwhile, UniKL team manager Amir Azhar Ibrahim believes the first-leg would decide the outcome of the quarterfinal tie. "It may be a game of two halfs of 70 minutes but the first 70 minutes are where matches are won or lost. "Maybank are a good side. You just have to look at the manner they disposed off TNB to analyse their abilities. Wallace Tan is a crafty coach. He surely has something up his sleeve," said Amir.
We played poorly and nothing worked for us. It was by far our worst performance of the season
— K. Rajan
3-0 in the league so it will not be an easy game." YNS drew 0-0 with strugglers UiTM to finish sixth on Sunday. They are in the bottom half of the draw with Sapura and Nur Insafi Penang. "We played poorly and nothing worked for us. It was by far our worst performance of the season," said Rajan. "The players to ok the game lightly. Maybe they were not used to playing at 4pm." Rajan insisted he was not giving excuses and doesn't want to dwell on the past but would rather focus on today's match. The coach has told his players to forget about their low performance against UiTM. Rajan is confident that his charges have the capability to pull off an upset against TNB.
Hit them with counter attacks, says Wallace
FIXTURES Today Maybank v UniKL (4pm, Pitch 2) KL Hockey Club v SSTMI Thunderbolt (6pm, KLHA Stadium) Sapura v Nur Insafi (6pm, Pitch 2) TNB v YNS (8pm, Pitch 2) (all matches at National Hockey Stadium unless stated)
The 2015 British Open will be staged at St Andrews —— AFP
The Malay Mail Wednesday 12 October, 2011
Rubber stamp office Sports Commissioner should be treated with more respect
DID the organisers of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2011 sought the Sports Commissioner's (SC) approval to host the world class tournament? They only thought about it late yesterday. The tournament, featuring the likes of ace golfers Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis, is set to commence tomorrow. A quick check with the SC's Office yesterday revealed they have yet to receive any formal letter from the organisers. Nevertheless, the paperwork was sorted out later in the evening. "I presume there was a slipup. We have just received their letter and gave our endorsement. After all, the government has pledged their support to the tournament," was the diplomatic reply of Sports Commissioner Datuk Yassin Salleh.
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Those who know Yassin since his days as the Sports Ministry secretary general will agree he is a polite but no-nonsense man. But playing Sports Commissioner has somehow tied his tongue. The role and function of the SC's Office under the Sports Development Act 1997 is somewhat vague. Article 36 of the Act states: "A company shall not involve itself in any sporting activity or activity related to sports…. unless it is licensed to do so by the Commissioner." Any person guilty of such an offence can be fined up to RM5,000 or jailed for a term
not exceeding six months, as per Article 39. Sadly, the Act is silent as to the time frame of the approval. Companies can apply a year before the tournament or submit an hour before their event starts — as long as they receive the approval from the SC. That wasn't the case in the Energizer Night Run in April. The organisers of the marathon did not seek the approval of the SC's office as they claimed it was a "fun run". Yet, the organisers were left off the hook with a slap on the wrist by the SC's Office. Meanwhile, the Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC)
held their annual general meeting last Sunday. This was their first meeting after five years. Apparently, the media
was not invited. Despite waiting for two hours, I was unable to speak to anyone as I was told by three officials that "it was an internal meeting". But during the tea break, several officials confessed no one had objected over MPC's RM4 million "investment" into an events management company Paralimpik Ventures Sdn Bhd. For the record, MPC president Datuk Zainal Abu Zarin is listed as one of the directors for Paralimpik Ventures. T h e Ma l ay s i an A nt i Corruption Commission (MACC) and the SC's Office are well aware of the supposed investment but there has not been any updates from either bodies. And once again the hands of the SC seem to be tied. In all fairness, mega sports events receive the support from the government as they generate income — either
in monetary or branding of the nation. All sporting associations, meanwhile, are laden with internal bickering and politics. But the issue here is getting associations and companies to adhere to the laws of the country for the benefit of Malaysian sports. It is high time the powersthat-be revamp the Sports Development Act 1997 to clearly define the roles and functions of the SC's Office. Otherwise, it will be safe to presume the SC's Office is merely a rubber stamp body. HARESH DEOL is a Senior Journalist with The Malay Mail. He hopes to see the SC's Office play a more pro-active role in ensuring sports associations toe the line. He blogs at www. hareshdeol.blogspot.com and receives brickbats at firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY 12 october, 2011
the malay mail
Stephen Donald says he was fishing by the Waikato River when the SOS call came through from the All Blacks to become their fourth flyhalf — AFP
auckland: rugby/ world cup
Wallabies out to stop All Blacks' replacement flyhalf AUSTRALIA scrumhalf Will Genia says his team will target incoming New Zealand flyhalf Aaron Cruden when the bitter rivals clash in the semifinals at Eden Park on Sunday. Genia compared the style of Cruden to that of injured star Dan Carter, but also suggested the late New Zealand call-up will receive plenty of traffic during the encounter. "I don't think Cruden will affect their performance at all, he's a very attacking player, he likes to take the line on and he's not dissimilar to Carter in that sense," said Genia. "He'll be very good, I think we'll maybe look to run a bit of traffic at him because of him being a smaller bloke." Standing at a mere 175cm himself, Genia said the Australians will be out to improve on their scrappy performance against South Africa in the quarterfinal last Sunday when they take on the New Zealanders. However, the Australians have not won at Eden Park since 1986, a statistic Genia and his teammates are keen to ignore. "We want to play to our strengths which is obviously that attacking style of rugby, running rugby," said Genia. "We didn't g ive ourselves that opportunity (last Sunday) because we weren't
FIXTURES SEMIFINALS SATURDAY Wales v France (4pm) SUNDAY Australia v New Zealand (4pm)
good enough with our setpiece. We had a few lineouts and scrums in their half and we didn't execute so we lost the ball. "We won the game on sheer guts and character and if you look at that game, if we play like (that) against the All Blacks, they'll put us away. "I'm a man who believes we can win this weekend. "I feel we have the group and the capability to do well... It's not arrogant and it's not cocky, it's just belief in our own ability. I'm looking forward to the challenge," he said. Meanwhile, Australia head coach Robbie Deans declared his admiration for James O'Connor after the winger sent his side into the last four with a late match-winning penalty in the 11-9 win over champions South Africa last Sunday. It capped a fine performance from O'Connor, the right winger who belied his slight frame to withstand everything the Springboks could throw at him. "James showed courage defensively in his tackling and in the air. No doubt
Genia: Cruden will be tested — AFP photo
a lot of the South African approach was targeted at him. He not only stood up to it, but he also had the last say," said Deans.
"He wanted that. He was looking forward to that opportunity to kick that goal. It's a great sign, it's a great trait in a competitor."
auckland: rugby/ world cup
The Malay Mail Wednesday 12 OCTOBER, 2011
TOKYO: motorsport/ formula 1
Jenson to use current form as springboard for next season MCLAREN'S Jenson Button (pic) is eager to continue his scintillating form and use it as a springboard for next season. His emotional victory in the Japanese Grand Prix last Sunday means he has now been on the podium in the last five races — two wins, two seconds and a third. To underline how impressive Button has been, he has scored 101 points in that run, just seven less than two-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who has won the other three Grand Prix. Button, however, knows it will all be for nothing if he is unable to continue to string together the results over the last four races in Korea on Sunday, India, Abu Dhabi and Brazil. "This is a great base for next year. I want to fight for victory in all four races left this season and I think we should be able to do that," said Button. "If we can do it, it would be a fantastic platform for next year, and ending on a high is the best way to do it. Red Bull have done it the last couple of years. We need to do the same thing." Given there are few regulation changes for next season, it means the cars that end this season will not be too far removed from those that go into next year. That is why it is so pivotal on this occasion for teams to have that base, and for
Button, he sees no reason why he could not follow Vettel and become a double world champion. On whether that was his belief, Button said: "Definitely, and that is why I moved to this team. "I know you guys (the media) will say McLaren have only won a few world championships in the last 20 years, but they've been fighting for them and gone close so many times. "Winning five races personally in the last two years is not enough, but it's pretty good. "We just have to hope we can get it all together. As a team — me, Lewis Hamilton and the mechanics — we have really developed. "So for me it's all moving in the right direction. But we're not going to get ahead of ourselves. When we're back at the factory we can think about next year," said the 31-year-old.
Dragon Williams aims to frustrate Frenchman Clerc
WALES' Shane Williams (pic) is not the only wing looking ahead to Saturday's semifinal against France at Eden Park knowing it may be his last chance to reach a Rugby World Cup final. The seemingly everyouthful Williams is again expected to line up opposite wily French veteran Vincent Clerc, who has already scored six tries during Les Bleus' march to the last four. It is the latest episode in a rivalry between these two wings, who have menaced international defences for the past decade. "I have been impressed with Clerc from the start," s a i d t h e 3 4 - y e a r- o l d Williams. "He is a hard
worker and he scores a lot of his tries late on in games. "That shows he works hard throughout and he is a player who goes looking for work. He comes off shoulders and is never far from the ball and that is why he scores so many tries." Williams' two tries in this tournament have taken his tally for Wales to 56, while Clerc now has 30 for France. Both players were on the scoresheet in the quarterfinals, Williams diving over in the corner for the first of three Wales tries in the 22-10 win over Ireland, while Clerc grabbed France's opening try in their 19-12 victory over England
last Saturday. "Clerc took his try very well against England, but then again, he's had a good tournament," said Williams. "He comes off his wing and goes looking for work. He's the sort of player I enjoy watching, if not playing against too much." While 30-year-old Clerc may be the principal poacher for France, Williams knows the entire French backline is more than capable of punishing any errors. Fullback Maxime Medard is seen as Clerc's natural heir and he crossed for France's second try at Eden Park last Saturday after linking with wing Alexis Palisson.
"I keep an eye on these players. They are ver y good players. Medard is a very good footballer, with a good footballing brain," said Williams. "Throughout the backs, from nine to 15 and on the bench, they epitomise French flair. I have played against Aurelien Rougerie enough times, as well. "These players are class players and that makes this match on Saturday all the more difficult." Saturday's clash is the first time Wales have been in the last four of a World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987. The Dragons lost to New Zealand in Brisbane on that occasion.
The Malay Mail Wednesday 12 OCTOBER, 2011
FIXTURES SATURDAY Liverpool v Man United (7.45pm) Man City v Aston Villa (10pm) Norwich v Swansea (10pm) QPR v Blackburn (10pm) Stoke v Fulham (10pm) Wigan v Bolton (10pm)
I am very happy to know the affection that people have for me outside Brazil. This shows there is no need to play in Europe to be known — Brazil's Neymar LONDON: football/ premier league
Irritating Gunners Arsenal turning into just 'spoilers' in title race, says Grimandi FORMER Arsenal defender Gilles Grimandi believes the Gunners can only hope to be a nuisance in the Premier League title race this season. Having claimed two "Doubles" in five seasons with the club, Grimandi considers the team too small and injury prone to pose any threat. Grimandi, now manager Arsene Wenger's (pic) chief scout in France, highlighted the club's financial restrictions, insisting they cannot expect to compete with the front runners. The 41-yearo l d d e fe n d e d Arsenal's summer transfer decisions. "We are convinced we have a good team, which can play a spoilsport role in the league this season," he told Daily Express. "We have some quality and have to believe in our work. We were left with little time to act in the transfer window and we opted to pad out our squad in terms of numbers. "We have so many injuries because we keep hold of the ball more than other teams and this exposes the team to more
SUNDAY Chelsea v Everton (12.30am) West Brom v Wolves (7pm) Arsenal v Sunderland (8.30pm) Newcastle v Tottenham (11pm)
STANDINGS P Man United 7 Man City 7 Chelsea 7 Newcastle 7 Liverpool 7 Tottenham 6 Aston Villa 7 Stoke 7 Norwich 7 Swansea 7 QPR 7 Fulham 7 Everton 6 Wolves 7 Arsenal 7 Sunderland 7 West Brom 7 Wigan 7 Blackburn 7 Bolton 7
W D L F A Pts 6 1 0 24 5 19 6 1 0 23 5 19 5 1 1 17 8 16 4 3 0 9 4 15 4 1 2 10 8 13 4 0 2 11 10 12 2 5 0 9 5 11 2 3 2 4 8 9 2 2 3 7 10 8 2 2 3 6 9 8 2 2 3 5 13 8 1 4 2 10 7 7 2 1 3 6 8 7 2 1 4 6 10 7 2 1 4 10 16 7 1 3 3 9 8 6 1 2 4 5 10 5 1 2 4 5 11 5 1 1 5 8 17 4 1 0 6 9 21 3
TOP SCORERS 9 goals Wayne Rooney (Man United) 8 goals Sergio 'Kun' Aguero 6 goals Edin Dzeko (Man City) 4 goals Frank Lampard (Chelsea) Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) Demba Ba (Newcastle) Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
knocks from opponents. "It is also because we have a lot of small sized players, and the fact we take part in so many competitions increases risk of injury." Grimandi also criticised the fans' failure to understand Arsenal's monetary issues in matching their demands to bring star quality to the Emirates. "There are no proven big stars currently on the market," he said. "Besides, we are not competing on a level playing field with Manchester City and Chelsea. "Our means are limited by comparison and our pay structure prevents us going crazy when we sign players. The fans want us to bring in star names, but they don't all grasp our economic limitations," he said. Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp believes the Gunners need a definitive goalscorer to ease their woes. Bergkamp enjoyed much success with the club — winning three league titles and four FA Cups before he retired in 2006 and returned to Holland. The Dutch master believes striker Robin van Persie needs some support and
also backed Wenger. "When I look at van Persie, he is the front player, but he is better in my old role. They are missing an out-and-out goalscorer. Now they play with an extra midfielder instead," said Bergkamp. "The midfielders are all the same sort of players. You need one who wants to get behind van Persie. I know he's (Wenger) the one who will be struggling the most. But with his experience, it'll be okay." Bergkamp, 42, insists the team could do with the inspiration of another former Gunner in Patrick Vieira, an individual who almost returned to north London before deciding on taking a football development executive role at Manchester City. "There was talk of Vieira going to Arsenal during the summer. I would've done everything possible to get him there," said Bergkamp. "Just to get him in and around the dressing room. It would have brought so much to the team." Bergkamp is now on the coaching staff at his old side Ajax and admits he would love to come back to England to do the same, but insists management is not for him.
Turn the Lane into fortress, says Bale TOTTENHAM'S star winger Gareth Bale believes their form at White Hart Lane will be key to their success this season. Spurs have suffered just six defeats at home in 56 Premier League matches since manager Harry Redknapp took the helm in October 2008. After a frustrating 5-1 thrashing by Manchester City at the Lane in August,
Spurs have recovered to notch impressive home victories over Liverpool and Arsenal. Bale believes the north Londoners must continue to thrive on their own turf if they want to compete for a spot in the top four this season. "I think the main thing for any team is home form," Bale told his club's website. "You look at Manchester United
and they haven't lost at home in who knows how many games. "We want to make White Hart Lane a place that when teams come here, they fear us. We're looking to do that and I think as long as our home form's good then we'll be right up there." Spurs have secured four successive wins in the league and Bale says recent victories
over high profile opponents, particularly fierce local rivals Arsenal, have provided a huge boost to the club. "It's massive for us to beat the bigger teams, especially our local rivals, which is important, not just for us but for the fans," said the Wales international. "We look to win every game and hopefully, keep doing that."
Spurs travel to in-form Newcastle when Premier League action resumes this weekend and Bale is hoping they can put a stop to the Magpies' unbeaten streak. "They've made a great start to the season. It will be a test for us, but one we'll be ready for. We'll go up there and make it five on the trot in the Premier League," he said.
Fit Gerrard to boost Liverpool against United
LIVERPOOL'S Fabio Aurelio admits the return to fitness of captain Steven Gerrard has given the squad a timely boost. Gerrard is set for his first start since March 6 against c h a mp i o n s Ma n c h e s t e r United at Anfield on Saturday. Incidentally, the Red Devils were also the team he last faced when he was in the starting line-up. He made three substitute appearances totalling just under an hour this season
after a delayed comeback from a groin operation. But Aurelio believes this has given him more time to get ready for the clash with their bitter rivals. "We are all delighted that Gerrard is back. He is the captain and a great player, and it is a massive help to the team to have him playing again," Aurelio told LFC Weekly. "His availability is an added ingredient into what should be an exciting but difficult game for both teams."
Aurelio, who has yet to feature this season, is also fit again and is relishing United's visit. The Brazilian played in the 3-1 win at Anfield last March and while he is unlikely to be considered on Saturday he is looking forward to the encounter. "After winning the derby we will go into it with a lot of confidence. It is always exciting. It's a pity that it comes just after an international break because it means you don't have as much time to
prepare because players are away with their countries but that is the same for both clubs. "It seems like United have a new team with new players coming in during the summer. Like us, they all seem to have settled in well. They are in good form so it will be difficult but we are confident." Manager Kenny Dalglish also welcomed the return to fitness of Gerrard as he prepares to start the midfielder against United.
Dalglish has been careful not to push Gerrard too hard during the early part of his comeback, but the midfielder has spent the international break working hard on his fitness. "A fit Gerrard strengthens this football club, no question. If you have him in your squad, it's going to raise the profile and standard," said Dalglish. "We want to have a really strong squad — and him being in it makes it that much stronger."
Presstalk DAILY MIRROR
Barca to beef up backline BARCELONA have put Ashley Cole at the top of their transfer list. Coach "Pep" Guardiola's priority is a leftback and Chelsea’s Cole fits the bill — if Barca can get him for around £12 million. Cole, 30, is Guardiola’s first choice, but now he must convince Barca president Sandro Rosell to make a move. The Spaniards also want a keeper, and Guardiola is an admirer of Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny and while they have also been eyeing Bolton's Gary Cahill, the England defender is more likely to end up at Chelsea.
Alex urges prayers for chairman FENERBAHCE'S Brazilian captain-playmaker Alex de Souza paid chairman Aziz Yildirim a visit at Metris Prison in Istanbul, where he is currently being incarcerated pending formal charges in the ongoing match-fixing scandal. Alex, talking to Fenerbahce TV after the visit, said he really felt bad for the chairman. "Freedom is the fundamental right of every individual. And when that freedom is taken away, that person faces tough times and difficult situations," he noted. "I know everyone is praying and I urge the fans to pray for our chairman. The prayers will then become a chorus and return in the form of energy to our chairman in these difficult times," he added.
Reina: I was a pawn in Reds sale
PEPE REINA (pic) was stopped from joining Arsenal for £20 million in 2010 because Liverpool's then owners feared it would look bad to potential buyers of the club, the goalkeeper has claimed. After returning to Anfield following Spain's World Cup victory, Reina asked to hold talks with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after an offer was tabled — but American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett had other ideas. The bid was rejected "not because I had been told that I was too good a keeper to leave," Reina writes in his autobiography. "I was told that my continued presence was crucial to the sale of the club. I was simply a bargaining chip in the sales process."
Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard is fit and ready to face Manchester United on Saturday
YNS coach refutes allegations that his team played for a draw against UiTM
Wednesday 12 October, 2011
MANCHESTER: football/ premier league
Stamp of respect
Sports COMMISSIONER should be treated with more respect
War of wings
Wales winger Shane Williams to line up opposite French veteran Vincent Clerc in semifinal
Barca’s Cole call
Barca to beef up backline and Ashley Cole is on top of their transfer list
Let’s get United Evra calls for defence to form a wall against Liverpool
MANCHESTER UNITED defender Patrice Evra called for defensive solidarity in creating an impenetrable backline ahead of consecutive clashes with Liverpool and Manchester City. Despite scoring 24 goals already this season, the Red Devils have struggled to consistently maintain a clean sheet with goalkeeper David de Gea initially held accountable. A major scare at Old Trafford saw United gift three goals to Swiss club Basel in the Champions League before Ashley Young secured a 3-3 draw, making it just one clean sheet in five games. Evra demanded strength as United travel to Anfield this weekend, voicing disappointment over their recent Chelsea victory. “I want us to go back to the way we were playing before the Chelsea game. We have to defend together, be very compact and not give our opponents too many chances,” he said. “I was disappointed after the Chelsea game because they created a lot of chances. And if it had finished 4-4, no-one could have
lEADING THE WAY: Evra (third from left), training with the French team, has called for defensive solidarity against Liverpool and Manchester City — AFP photo
said anything.” Evra faces stiff competition from youngsters Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio who have all proven formidable despite relative inexperience. Veterans Rio Ferdinand and captain Nemanja Vidic
are also set to return to bolster an intimidating array of options. Evra is looking to set an example to the squad’s respective youth in his bid to fight for a place in the starting XI. “I’m only 30 but I feel like the oldest player in the team,” said the Frenchman. “I just
have to show the young players that I’m still here and I want to play every game. “I need to prove I am still fit because they are young. Maybe they have more energy and think they can steal my place. “Of course, though, you have to protect them and talk to them if anything is wrong.
“We are here to protect them and show them that it’s easy to reach the top, but to stay there is the most difficult thing. “But before we can say anything to the young players, we have to show our own example on the pitch because the competition is really fierce.”
MADRID: FOOTBALL/ PRIMERA LIGA
They started it, says Mourinho
Arsenal are too small and injury prone to pose any threat, says Gilles Grimandi
REAL MADRID’S Jose Mourinho (pic) looked back at the events at the Nou Camp during the Spanish Supercopa match against Barcelona in August and claimed the incidents in the closing stages of the second-leg were a result of the Catalans’ provocations. “Football is all about emotions and sometimes you’ll get provoked. There are moments when you don’t react to provocations and sometimes you do,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by Hurriyet. Several players on both teams were involved in an on-pitch brawl, while Mourinho himself poked Barcelona assistant coach Tito Vilanova in his eye during the incident. Mourinho was handed a two-game Supercopa ban for his actions. But the former Chelsea coach does not have any regrets. “The situation at Camp Nou was one where we got provoked (by Barcelona). My reaction
was perhaps not the right thing to do, but it was a natural one,” he explained. Real Madrid were beaten 5-4 on aggregate by Barcelona in the Spanish Supercopa. The controversial brawl occurred in the second of the two legs, played on Aug 14. Meanwhile, former Real defender Roberto Carlos has announced a media boycott after the publication of several interviews in which false quotes were attributed to the leftback. Carlos, who is currently a player-coach for Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, was wrongly quoted in expressing his interest to sign players such as Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka and Arsenal’s Robin van Persie. But he has insisted that he never discussed any names. “Words are attributed to me about mythical new signings, whose names at times are a total surprise,” Roberto Carlos told Ria Novosti.
“Not in one interview did I utter any concrete names. I am not giving any more interviews to allow me to concentrate completely on my work.” The 38-year-old joined Anzhi from Corinthians in February 2011 and was named caretaker player-coach on Sept 30. — Agencies
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