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Under the Patronage of Tun Dato’ Musa Hitam (Former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia) As many as 20 Non-Governmental Organisations as well as astounding individuals were acknowledged at the 3rd Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards 2016 (IMSHA) at Holiday Villa Johor Bahru, recently.

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The auspicious evening was graced with the presence of YAB Tun Dato’ Musa Hitam who is the Patron of IMSHA as well as Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA).

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Are Your Children Well Protected?


ery frequently we hear news of missing children, child abuse, child marriage, baby selling and other related issues, but only a few cases are solved while others remain uncertain. In conjunction with the recent Iskandar Learning Festival (ILF), Johor Women’s League (JEWEL) hosted a talk on “‘Child Rights in Malaysia: Current Issues”, discussing the seriousness of cases related to (local) children in Malaysia, at Le Grandeur Palm Resort, Senai. The four hour public talk was presented by Dr. Hartini Zainudin, co-founder of Yayasan Chow Kit and Voice of the Children together with Shaney Cheng, Case Management and Treatment Services Manager

at Protect and Save the Children (P.S The Children), who shared their thoughts on cases such as baby selling, child marriage, Amendments to the Child Act, gaps in the system in child protection, prevalence of child sexual abuse in Malaysia, and more. “One of the big issues occurring in the country is Malaysian or nonMalaysian children with no proper documentation being subjected to same immigration control measures including detention, deportation, and restrictions on basic social rights, without considerations of its impact on children, their rights, well-being and development either during short or long term,” said Dr. Hartini during the talk.

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RM1.609 billion for a progressive Johor


he state government announced an allocation of RM1.609 billion for the Johor Budget 2017, to get closer to the theme of a progressive Johor that will benefit the welfare of the people. Menteri Besar Dato’ Khaled Nordin said the allocation is based on the projected revenue collections of the state, where next year’s has been increased by 12.86 % compared to the estimated revenue in the 2016 Budget. He explained that with the increase in revenue, the 2017 budget has a surplus of RM1.3 million, something that the

state government has recorded happening for the seventh time in a row since 2011. Khaled added that the total budget; 47% of RM763.3 million is provided for development and the rest for operating expenditures. Khaled added that the budget is designed with three main missions, which is to develop material prosperity, social welfare as well as the empowerment of human potential, explaining that it is the result of much serious thought collected from various parties when considering proposed initiatives. “The state government

has taken a stand, a firm fiscal discipline and prudence is essential in managing the economy of the state successfully,” he said. Through the budget, the state government will ensure that the economy grows rapidly, inclusively and intelligently, creating thousands of job opportunities for the people. Khaled said the state government also pledged that this budget can handle the gap and the rising cost of living as well as creating public infrastructure for the common good, explaining that the quality of life must grow hand in hand with the state’s economy. TI

Amazing 2016 Mega Sales Carnival Visitors to the recent 2016 Mega Sales Carnival stood a chance to get up close and personal with Sultan of Johor’s Mack Truck, the most expensive truck in the world! Almost 500 booths were gathered at Dataran Angsana, Johor Bahru offering various items including furniture and household items, automotive, electrical equipment, clothes and shoes, food and drinks, books, gadgets and IT stuff, health and beauty products, service packages and also back to school equipment. Several items were sold with 20 to 70% discount. The five day festival also offered visitors to ogle at an automotive exhibition and a chance to feast from 70 different local food trucks on site for some mouth-watering foods and delicacies. TI

Iskandar Malaysia Secures JCorp Launches IIBD Brand, Introduces the Spirit RM10.85 Billion in New of Enterprise Investments for Q3 2016



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he third quarter of 2016 saw Iskandar Malaysia securing RM10.85 billion in new investments, bringing the total cumulative committed investment secured to RM218.84 billion from 2006 until 30th September 2016. Of the total cumulative committed investments, RM113.36 billion or 52% represents investments that have been realised as projects on the ground. Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) said from January 2016 until 30th September 2016, Iskandar Malaysia has made tremendous ground in getting new investments and we are not far from our annual target of RM25 billion for this year. “Iskandar Malaysia continues to do well despite the challenges facing the global economy on the back of this economic region’s resilience and strength in its nine promoted sectors namely Electrical and Electronics; Petrochemical and Oil & Gas; Food & Agro Processing; Logistics; Tourism; Healthcare; Education; Creative; and Business Services. “Domestic investments makes up RM132.13 billion or 60% of the total cumulative committed investments to date,” said Ismail. He added that these investments in turn, create plenty business opportunities for local

entrepreneurs and SMEs as well as job opportunities. This simply means that the investments continue to benefit the Rakyat of Johor and Malaysia. Since 2007, a total of 682,169 jobs have been created in Iskandar Malaysia, both in the nine promoted economic sectors, as well as other sectors such as property, construction and retail of which 15% of these are skilled jobs. Johor has also enjoyed an increase in average household monthly income – from RM4,658 in 2012 to RM6,207 in 2014. T h e F e d e r a l Government has allocated RM2.1 billion for infrastructure and socio-economic development in the economic corridors including Iskandar Malaysia in the 2017 Budget announcement recently. Iskandar Malaysia has reached ten years in November 2016. This economic development region is proud to boast of many notable achievements. Moving forward, the region aims to achieve balanced growth where urban development contributes towards improved and quality built environments while taking every effort to optimise usage of resources, and protect and conserve nature which are important for the sustenance of the region. TI


ohor Corporation (JCorp) launched the Ibrahim International Business District (IIBD) brand and introduced the Spirit of Enterprise brand promise, as well as the 4 HOME lenses which encompasses Heritage, Opportunity, Mobility and Eco-sustainability; goals that will drive and define the development as well as investment strategies within IIBD. The launch event held at Persada Convention Centre was graced by HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar accompanied by the Permaisuri of Johor, HRH Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah. “A careful analysis of the proposition of Spirit of Enterprise introduces the 4 goals of Heritage, Opportunity, Mobility and Eco-sustainability, or HOME lenses, that will drive development and investment strategies within IIBD. The HOME lenses will be represented in tangible form via the four Cornerstones of IIBD.” “ T h e s e cornerstones will serve as focal identity points to physically demarcate the boundaries of IIBD, while conveying a

HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Sultan Iskandar accompanied by Menteri Besar Johor, Dato’ Khaled Nordin, YB Dato’ Kamaruzzaman bin Abu Kassim, President and Chief Executive of JCorp and Crown Prince Tengku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim during the brand launch of IIBD powerful reputation for its brand pillars,” said YB Dato’ Kamaruzzaman bin Abu K assim, President and Chief Executive of JCorp, in his opening speech. The Spirit of Enterprise includes the State Government’s goals for IIBD to become a catalyst of growth that attracts talents and investments as well encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. Menteri Besar Johor, Dato’ Khaled Nordin said that the Spirit of Enterprise is the economic development proposition of IIBD, with trade and investments concentrated in an enabling environment that is well connected with strong networking and partnering opportunities. JCorp will set up an entity which

will operate as master developer, implementer and marketer of IIBD as a step to further accelerate the local and foreign investment capital, social capital as well as human capitals. The entity will be focused on shaping and implementing probusiness and investment policies and plans as well as market IIBD as the preferred location for investors. It was also announced that JCorp is in the midst of structuring and benchmarking financial and tax incentives with the state and federal governments that will be eventually offered by IIBD. The four cornerstones will be recreated into four artistic sculptures by award-winning sculptor Nizam Abdullah who is also from Johor. - by Amin Khairuddin TI

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Combating Zika and Dengue on a Different Level

Mosquito larvae caught


hen it comes to combating critical illness such as Zika and Dengue, the whole community of Flat Jalan Tasek 64 Seri Alam geared up with their children by participating in a “Gotong-Royong ‘Search & Destroy’ Against Dengue and Zika” programme conducted by Seri Alam Properties Sdn Bhd with Rotary Club District 3310, Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), Johor Health Department and Communication for Behaviourial Impact (COMBI) team from Ministry of Health. Approximately 100 students from SMK Bandar Seri Alam participated in

the gotong-royong cum contest. The participants were divided into 12 groups and each group was tasked to collect garbage, empty tires, empty bins and other disposed waste cans that lead to mosquito breeding. A group that had collected 28 plastic bags of wastage, and individuals who found the most number of mosquito larvae were awarded with prizes. “ The community is urged to hold educational programmes in raising awareness and finding other ways to help the local authorities in curbing Dengue and Zika. Until June this year, local authority in Pasir Gudang recorded the lowest number of Dengue cases which is 1348 cases compared to MPJBT with 1371 cases and MBJB recorded 2851 cases,” said Dato’ Hajjah Normala Abdul Samad, Pasir Gudang Member of Parliament during the launch of the programme. Normala also added that programmes such as gotong-royong should be continued from time to time and not be conducted in an annual basis as it will not ‘destroy’ or curb the issue. Nur’ain Afisha who was a first timer to participate in the gotong-royong was the winner as she caught two mosquito larvae at a time at one of the flats. Nur’ain shared that these types of programme should be executed and participated widely from all walks of life. - by Maressa Esa TI

Enriching the Life of the Community Responsible

Sunway Group and Care United Johor Bahru teamed for the second time


00 guests from 18 homes for the senior citizens had a delightful time at the second Sunway-Care United Golden Years Celebration 2016 where they enjoyed a sumptuous lunch and heartfelt performances at the Grand Straits Garden Seafood Restaurant, at Danga Bay, JB. Gracing the charitable event was Guest of Honour, YB Puan Hajah Asiah bte Md Ariff, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat Negeri Johor, YB Dato Sri S.A. Vigneswaran, President of the Senate, Parliament Malaysia, YB Datuk Dr. Hj Abdul Latiff bin Ahmad, Member of Parliament for Mersing Constituency and Chairman of the government-owned housing development company Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad, YBhg Puan Sri Dr Susan Cheah, EXCO member of Sunway Group, Yth Sharul Akmal bin Johari, Executive Manager of Yayasan Pasir Gudang, Gerard Soosay, CEO of Sunway Iskandar, Yabe Akira, Director of Special Projects, Sunway Construction Group Bhd. and YBhg Datuk Florence Goh, President of Care United Johor Bahru. Apart from cultural dance performances, a ‘Sunway-Care United Idol Karaoke’ competition was performed by the senior citizens who rendered songs in Chinese, Malay, and English for the delight of the audience. The champion from House of Joy took home a grand trophy and hamper

packed with goodies. All performers were presented with trophies and hampers in appreciation of their stellar performances. The event ended with a ‘Joget’ session on the dance floor which had all guests doing their best dance moves with glee. Thereafter, ‘ang pows’ as well goodie bags containing a pillow, an environmentally-friendly bag, toiletries, face towel, a hand fan and a cap were distributed to the senior citizens. Sunway Group participated in this event as part of its “Light of Hope” programme, which serves to enrich the lives of its community during festive seasons. - by Priya Manikam TI

Lau Peng Yin from House of Joy emerged as champion of the ‘Sunway-Care United Idol Karaoke’ competition



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streets Tall Tales at McDonald’s The Smiling Bus Brought Smiles to Life McDonald’s Malaysia offering prizes worth up to RM70000 to winners at Fourth Anniversary of their nationwide story telling Interest


155 children were given an unforgettable treat


andal Indah Sdn Bhd and ManjaLink , the hassle-free cashless smart card payment system for Causeway Link buses recently celebrated their fourth anniversary with some special children and card members. As part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) effort of “Bringing Smiles to Life”, 50 children and parents from Hospital Sultan Ismail Johor Bahru (HSIJB) Paediatric Palliative Care (PPC) were also there along with 100 other ManjaLink members. That is not all, as the yellow smiling bus company recently brought 105 children and staff from Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation Taman Majidee, and Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Association Johor Bahru for a day out at Sanrio Hello Kitty and Thomas Town at Puteri Harbour.

Live Barney in the Zoo as an entertainment for the children ManjaLink Marketing Director, Lim Chern Fang said that when joy is shared, it binds people together to bring happiness and joy to everyone. The children had so much of fun especially getting the staff engaged with them in quizzes, enjoying a mini show of live Barney at the Zoo, musical ‘Smiling Bus’ dance and singing together, free meals, and a tour to the whole area of Sanrio Hello Kitty town. Each of them also received goodie bags as token of appreciation.

A total of RM4,000 was donated to the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation Taman Majidee, and Handicapped, and Mentally Disabled Children Association Johor Bahru by the staff and management of Handal Group of Companies at the end of the programme. Within the year, ManjaLink has launched its new website along with the introduction of ManjaLink Travel Credit Reload Card as an additional mobile reloading system for all users to benefit. - by Hakim Malik and Maressa Esa TI



n conjunction with the return of their annual Happy Meal Book Programme, McDonald’s Malaysia held a nationwide story telling contest to showcase children’s talent. Winners stand a chance to win prizes worth up to RM70000 including a family holiday to Warner Bros, Movie World theme park in Australia and also supplementary prizes for their schools worth RM5000. The competition required parents to upload a 60 second video of their child telling a story on Instagram. Shortlisted contestants were invited for a live audition session and the winners from each of the 13 sessions will compete in the Grand Finale on 3rd December 2016. Eight talented finalists aged six to nine years old were there at the Johor leg of the competition in McDonald’s Tebrau, Johor Bahru. Donned in their best costumes, contestants tried to capture the heart of the judges with their stories. The live auditions will stop in Kota

A group photo of the participants and judges with Ronald McDonald during the live audition at McDonald’s Tebrau City, Johor Bahru Kinabalu next, in their search for the next McDonald’s Storytelling Contest champion. For more information on the story telling contest, live audition venues or the Happy Meal Book Programme, visit www. - by Hakim Malik TI

MATTA Johor Chapter Hosted B2B Mart Interest


Showcasing Johor’s jewels in domestic tourism

a l a y s i a Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Johor Chapter hosted an inaugural Business 2 Business (B2B) programme that welcomed 100 delegates of ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’ from across the nation to boost domestic tourism around the state of Johor in line with Johor Tourism Strategic Marketing Plan (2016-2020). “We should have a mindset that every area and products in the state are tourist attractions and we are the drivers that act

as tourism ambassadors for visitors either from other local states and international level. Tourism front liners should focus more on providing quality service and hospitality to the tourists so that they will feel comfortable and safe while travelling in the state,” said Johor Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee Chairman, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong during the B2B Dinner night. The three days two nights programme was also co-organised by Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH)

Johor Chapter, Tourism Johor, and Johor Tourism Association (JTA) by bringing all delegates for tour sessions around Johor Bahru and Desaru followed by discussions and exchanging thoughts on plans to boost and introduce Johor tourism towards respective delegates’ origins. In conjunction with the tragic fire break at Hospital Sultanah Aminah, MATTA Johor Chapter also lent a hand by donating RM10000 to the hospital for aid and support. - by Maressa Esa TI

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From Are Your Children Well Protected? Cover Another issue brought up by Dr. Hartini was on missing children since last year, where a total of 1988 children were missing and their cases were not mentioned to the public on how many were returned or found, and how long these children have gone missing prior to the gap via Nur Alert (National Urgent Response) where missing children under 12 years old will be searched immediately within 6 hours, while missing children above 13 years old fall under the ‘search within 24 hours after disappearance‘ zone. She added that based on her studies and involvement in such cases; most of the missing children ended up in child trafficking cases. Shaney Cheng on the other hand talked more on issues of sexual grooming and child sexual

abuse which falls into three different categories such as from verbal, visual, and physical in Malaysia. A child victim who underwent between those three abuses was commonly affected and experienced the same amount of trauma in the long term towards their development process. “Wander-able” child; a kid who lacks attention from their parents or caretaker are the easiest target for child sexual perpetrators in selecting their victims. Even though the Child Act (Amendment) 2016 was recently introduced, the amendments gazette were only on child registry, community service order (CSO), family based care, and heavier penalties for offences under Section 31. Most of the talks or campaigns related to Child Rights

or issues were without the presence of the children themselves and therefore, Dr. Hartini and Shaney urged that the society should start to act now by involving their children to participate in conferences or meetings and ask them to share their opinions on this matter. They also urged the Government to consider a ban on whipping child perpetrators and put them under community services and educate them properly while protecting them especially if they are under the age of 18. If any child is violently abused by either of his parents, then one of the parents should lodge a report to the police to protect the child instead of remaining silent. Sexual, Women and Child Investigation Division (D11) Bukit Aman has a statistics of 567 cases



The State Government welcomed thoughts and ideas to help them in future developments


Local Plans for the districts of Johor Bahru and Kulai. The State Secretary of Johor Datuk Ismail Karim was present on behalf of Menteri Besar Johor, Dato’ Khaled Nordin who said anyone can submit proposals and ideas for

Johor State Secretary Datuk Ismail Karim during the launch of the Publicity and Public Participation Programme of the amended Draft of the Local Plans for JB and Kulai Districts

of missing children under 18 years old since January to May 2016 while Royal Malaysia Police Database Statistics of Missing Children from 2011 to January 2015 has recorded Johor with 1727 cases as the highest followed by Kedah with 968 cases and Selangor with a record of

215 cases. In July 2016, Royal Malaysia Police launched a portal of missing children for the public to share and channel information of related cases which will direct towards police investigation at http://knk2hilang. - by Maressa Esa TI

Strong Urge to Battle Against Corruption

Public Feedback and Ideas Needed in Rural Development

he public was given the opportunity to give their views and suggestions for five weeks from the launch of the Publicity and Public Participation Programme of the amended Draft of the

Dr. Hartini Zainudin and Shaney Cheng (standing front in the frame) at JEWEL’s “Child Rights in Malaysia: Current Issues” public talk

helping and guiding the state government in developing plans for the local authorities. “I believe there are more innovative insights of the population of this area that can be highlighted and considered for inclusion in the overall development plan. “Stakeholders and anyone who wants to give their views can make revisions in the Department of Town and Country Planning states, local authorities and the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) for five weeks,” said Ismail at the opening ceremony of the programme at the Persada International Convention Centre in early November. - by Amin Khairuddin TI


Youth urged to unite and combat corruption for better future

nstitute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) made a stop in Johor Bahru for a public forum entitled ‘The many faces of corruption in Malaysia: What are we going to do about it?’ in discussing on how youths’ view corruption in business and ways on mobilising public awareness and support in combating corruption in Malaysia together with its campaign #NyahKorupsi. “1904 corruption cases involving individuals were recorded and investigated by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission from 2013 to 2015, and 1405 of these cases involved the youths in Malaysia. It seems that youth nowadays see corruption as a necessity for them to succeed in life. It is a grey matter that made them confused,” said Danni Rais, speaker from the Organisation for National Empowerment during a public forum on corruption. Corruption is not a new issue that is wandering in Malaysia but widely happening almost everywhere and in every situation of our lives. The perception of each action determines either it is a corruption or not. Alongside Danni Rais, the public forum also invited Vice President of Malaysian AntiCorruption Foundation, Mohd Rafee Md Aris

and Chief Operating Officer of IDEAS, Tricia Yeoh. Danni representing the voice of youth continued expressing to discover and comprehend the subject nature behind every corruption done especially involving the youth whether it is out of desperation to survive life or any other related matters before they were sentenced by the authority. Mohd Rafee on the other hand pointed out that corruption occurred prior to the base of greediness and opportunities available in one’s self. An attitude change is essential and needed in urging the public to combat corruption. “The youth also should have an open mind to think about the future of the country and the generations ahead of us and find a way to fight corruption that is happening today,” said Mohd Rafee. Tricia Yeoh concluded the forum with a proposal of battling against corruption to amend policies such as creating an independent anti-corruption commission (IACC), revise MACC Act under Section 23 and Section 36, revision on legislation especially related to Official Secret Act, and to separate Attorney General and public prosecutors. - by Maressa Esa TI

Discussing the Future of Constructing Iskandar Malaysia Benchmark


IRDA and SCL organised the inaugural Iskandar Malaysia Construction Law Conference 2016 (IMCLC 2016) to discuss the latest trends and innovation in construction law

he inaugural Iskandar Malaysia Construction Law Conference 2016 (IMCLC 2016) hosted more than 100 legal practitioners from Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom at Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour. Organised by Iskandar Regional Development

Authority (IRDA) and the Society of Construction Law Malaysia (SCL), the conference discussed the latest trends and innovation in construction law. The event held in conjunction of Iskandar Malaysia’s tenth anniversary gave participants the opportunity to address and

discuss on how the economic region can continue to be the leader in Construction Law innovation. Among the topics tabled was the review of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Malaysia, Delay and Disruption Protocol for Malaysia, Construction Industry Payment & Adjudication

Act 2012, Innovation & Alternative Dispute Resolution updates in both Singapore and Malaysia. The keynote speaker, IRDA Chief Executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim in his opening remark pointed out that the development of Iskandar Malaysia will undergo change and in turn, it will set a new

benchmark for the region. “This conference benefits us as it brought intellectuals, law practitioners and leading players in the trade to put their head together and share their knowledge to better help the construction industry,” Datuk Ismail added. - by Hakim Malik TI



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JBFF 2016: Celebrating Films and Filmmakers

Team Tyloo Dominated CS:GO Minor Championship ASIA

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China’s team Tyloo won USD30000 and secured a place in the offline qualifier for the next CS:GO Major Championship


orld’s number twelve and Asia’s number one team TyLoo of China bagged the USD30000 (about RM130,082) top prize after three days of intense battle in the CS:GO Minor Championship ASIA at Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios jointly organised by eGG Network and PGL. Australian’s Team Renegades and China’s Team VG CyberZen who came in second and third took home USD15000 (RM65,041) and USD5000 (RM21,680) respectively. The winner and runner-up also secured a place in the offline qualifier for the next CS:GO Major. The upcoming ELEAGUE Major Championship in Atlanta, USA, will be the tenth CS:GO Major Championship in CS:GO history. A total of eight top teams across Asia Pacific took part in the CS:GO Minor Championship

14 award-winning international films screened in four days of festivities

ilm is not just a form of escapism or a tool to kill time. It is also a platform of education, empowerment and self reflection as film itself is a mirror to the real world we are living in. In an attempt to educate the society through films, the Johor Bahru Film Festival 2016 (JBFF 2016) came up for its second year with a good list of local and international films. 14 highly selected awardwinning international movies from Nusantara, Asia, South Asia and Europe were showcased, and this year’s JBFF 2016 gave a creative insight into feelings, problems and circumstances faced by people in their respective countries. JBFF 2016 curator Hassan Muthalib said the festival promoted cultural diversity among the people and also celebrated filmmakers around the world who struggled to make such a beautiful and meaningful films for everyone to experience. “Today if you could have seen what cinema has become, you will not just mention the stories but also the filmmakers.

ASIA namely TyLoo, Renegades, Athletico BH, Team NXL, MVP Project, FireDragoon eSports, VG.CyberZen and Team BOT. ESports fans also managed to catch the live broadcast of the tournament on and eGG Network (Astro channel 808), Astro on the Go and Tribe. by Hakim Malik TI

Team TyLoo versus NXL in the pre-show


They are what cinema is all about. They are thinkers, sensitive to the citizen of their own country, their identity and their place in the world, their frustration, their aspiration and their humanity,” said Hassan during the opening ceremony of JBFF 2016 at Blackbox, Mall of Medini. Also present was prolific director U-Wei Haji Saari and Malaysia’s famous actress Maya Karin. Apart from screening feature films, the four days of festivities also screened selected short films made by local filmmakers and there was

also a film masterclass and forums. In total, JBFF 2016 featured 14 feature films entitled Nota/ Note (Malaysia), Jalanan/Streetside (Indonesia), My Magic (Singapore), Nuwebe/Termitaria (Philippines), Yasmine (Brunei), Akash Koto Dure/ The Distant Sky (Bangladesh), Adomya...And Life Goes On (India), Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka/ With You, Without You (Sri Lanka), Dukhtar/ Daughter (Pakistan), Voices of A Distant Star (Japan), A Mongolian Tale (China), Loreak (Spain), The 400 Blows (France) and Stopped on Track (Germany). - by Syakirin Daud TI

Maya Karin, Hassan Muthalib, Yasu Tanaka and Bea Tanaka during the talk session after film screening



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Be Awesome Fair 2016: Promoting Natural Based Remedies Wellness

A good alternative to maintain a healthy body and mind


n a step to raise health awareness among Johorians, WIMS Exposition & Services in collaboration with Vista Creative Resources held a Johor Health and Wellness Exhibition and Seminar 2016 (Be Awesome Fair 2016), recently at the Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, JB. The three day carnival promoted healthy lifestyle and also provided the right information about health products and supplement based on herbs and organic ingredients to the

community. Johor Bahru MP, Tan Sri Shahrir Samad said the carnival is a great attempt to encourage people to stay alert about their health and to promote natural based health products. “Although we are in a modern medical era, we should never forget about traditional medical practice as it has also been proven to give benefits to our health,” said Shahrir during the launching ceremony of Be Awesome Fair 2016.

Many activities including health talks by local and international doctors, zumba dance, zafeena fitness dance, blood donation by Sultanah Aminah Hospital and Kota Tinggi Hospital were also held during the exhibition. The exhibition was par ticipated by local and Indonesian health practitioners offering their health services and products such as honey, herbal drinks, herbal supplement, and also several types of massage. - by Syakirin Daud TI

Tan Sri Shahrir Samad with the organising members of Be Awesome Fair 2016

Yoga for All Lifestyle


Large participation for inaugural Johor Iyengar yoga workshop

ave you heard of Iyengar yoga and do you know any differences between yoga practices that you’ve heard? Iyengar yoga was founded by B.K.S Iyengar and it focuses on alignment and teaches correct postures with the help of props such as wooden blocks, bolsters, straps and blankets to help practitioners in achieving balance of the body followed by the mind. The Seeds Iyengar Yoga Studio recently organised their inaugural three days Iyengar Yoga workshop in Majodi Centre, Plentong filled with activities, fund raising, and yoga insights for its participants and the public with special appearance of international yoga teachers. One of inspiring international Iyengar yoga teacher, Birjoo Mehta from

Birjoo during yoga session

Mumbai, India who practiced for almost 42 years made a special appearance for the inauguration and shared hours of yoga discussions and practices with over 120 participants who came for the workshop. “The energy of the participants here in Johor Bahru is exciting. International participants from Singapore, Indonesia, German, Taiwan and more are pumped for the workshop. Workshops like this are important and if anyone would like to be an Iyengar yoga teacher, one needs at least five years of knowledge of the correct method to be competent enough,” expressed Birjoo during the inauguration. The Seeds Studio yoga practitioner’ Tan Sin Yue also said that anyone can practice yoga regardless of their gender, size, health and flexibility, and they can reach ‘asana’ (a position that is firm but relaxed) by getting to know the correct method of aligning the body posture and help relax the mind. Throughout the event, special evening charity yoga sessions for the public were also held to raise funds for local charity homes. Iyengar Yoga was established in 2009 in Malaysia while it started to spread to Johor and has grown into a community in 2013. - by Maressa Esa TI

British Columbia Trade and Investment Representative Office lands in Johor Bahru Highlight


Constructive and productive trade investment opportunities

rovince of British Columbia, Canada has marked Johor Bahru to be another pin point for their second office in South East Asia for its Trade and Investment Representative (TIR) Office which will be opening early 2017. “British Columbia has a strong appreciation for Malaysia’s status as an economic powerhouse with ASEAN region. The office

is strategically located in Johor which is a fast growing region and happens to be situated adjacent to Singapore, a global commercial and financial hub that will play a key role in fostering those ties,” said British Columbia Minister of Finance Michael de Jong during its press conference. The Malaysia office is set to strengthen economy and explore opportunities to further bilateral

economic relations between the Province and Malaysia especially of the recently approved Pacific Northwest LNG Project spearheaded by PETRONAS, British Columbia’s aviation, aerospace and finance sectors. The announcement was also attended by Johor Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee Chairman, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, Johor State Secretary

Dato’ Ismail Karim and Special Advisor to British Columbia Minister of Finance, Bala Murali. Currently, there are three British Columbia Trade and Investment Representative Offices in South East Asia which started in Phillipines, Jakarta and soon in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. With the Malaysia office opened, it marks a total of 14 TIR offices located globally for British Columbia. - by Maressa Esa TI

Johor Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee Chairman, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, British Columbia Minister of Finance Michael de Jong, and Johor State Secretary Dato’ Ismail Karim during the office annoucement


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Monthly Drill Interview By Editor With over 20 years of experience in the education sector, Shirley has gone from an educator to being a successful entrepreneur. She established the British Academics in April 2015 which has since been renamed to Universal Business Academy (UBA) to better reflect the goal of increasing the market share locally and regionally. To date, UBA has more than 2,000 students from all over the world who have matriculated in their programmes and have successfully accumulated their internationally recognised programmes. UBA deploys a tradition of innovation and practical knowledge research whereby the centre has broken new grounds, pushed forward the perimeters of knowledge and has greatly impacted people’s lives.

believe that in order to improve the level of English in our students, we should train the teachers first. So far over 700 school teachers have been trained in our English phonetics workshop.


You’ve gone from being an educator to a successful entrepreneur, what’s your secret mantra of success? Life-long learning has been my long-held attitude and I believe that there is still room for improvement. So, instead of talking about my personal secret mantra of success, I would rather talk about entrepreneurship as a whole. I think success belongs to people who have faith and plans, and success will not be realised if people are only showing interest and not taking any action yet. Many people often listen and believe negative comments or discouragements that cause them not to be able to move ahead.

How has Iskandar Malaysia changed the education sector in the region? 20 years ago, being a Johorian, we did not have much choice to further study in our own state. Most of us had to part with our families and travelled to other states or overseas to pursue our dreams. But nowadays, universities not only locally but also from overseas have set up campuses in “EduCity” at Iskandar Puteri. This has resulted in a significant increase in the size of Johor’s talent development in the region. Changes have been apparent and the goal of becoming a “strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing by 2025” does not look so unrealistic.

Do Singaporeans fancy crossing the border to study here?

Our Johor Sultan has been quite vocal about re-establishing the use of the English language. Do you think this will catch on and as an educator, what’s your opinion on this?

Shirley Tan Sie Ling


Universal Business Academy Sdn Bhd Malaysia government is doing a great job in making Iskandar an Education Hub of Asia, and I believe that sometime in the near future, we will attract more students from overseas to study in Malaysia. In my opinion, it is unlikely for Singaporeans to cross over due to the persistent traffic congestion. Besides, Singapore has consistently scored well in the world University Ranking, so they may not necessarily want to study over here. Having said that, through our online study platform at Universal Business Academy, we have managed to attract many students from all over the world including Singapore, Dubai, New Zealand and other states such as Penang, Selangor and Sarawak who have directly registered with us for the distance learning UK programmes that we offer.

At Universal Business Academy (UBA), we have a reputation as one of the leading centres in the country that has collaborated directly with UK Universities for student support with academic staff operating an open-door-policy to offer our trainees the best possible guidance and advice. In the past 7 years, we have been helping students to acquire internationally recognised educational qualifications that allow students to study anytime, anywhere, and at their own pace without borders. Distance learning has now become an accepted form of delivery at the university level and other educational institutions worldwide. A wide range of Foundation, Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses are available to learn from home, work, or while travelling anywhere which students can choose from us. Learning online means What’s your opinion on the education students can fit their courses around their work and family commitments. Nothing can level in Malaysia as a whole? Being a developing country, especially with stop students from improving their skills and the latest Education Blueprint, there will getting exciting dream jobs. However, partbe significant changes on how the higher time classes are still available in our centre as education system will operate over the next extra benefits for those who are only used to decade. In a global knowledge economy, face to face facilitation. Due to the reputation Malaysia is heading towards creating a talent we have built up over the years, we even have pool that is flexible, forward-thinking and students from Sarawak who fly over to attend progressive. our MBA weekend classes at our centre. Being a partner school of London What makes UBA different than other Teacher Training College, UK, UBA conducts 2 days free workshop to school teachers as we educational institutions?

English is an international language used in the education and business sectors. Many of the best MBA programmes are taught in English, so speaking it well can put you in a position for better advancement. Also, most multinational companies that offer better-paying jobs would require a high level of English proficiency. English was the medium of instruction in Malaysian schools in the 1950s and 1960s with a compulsory pass in Bahasa and Mathematics. The medium of instruction was however changed to Bahasa in the 1970s but in 2003, the Policy of Teaching Science and Mathematics in English was introduced, but it was discontinued seven years later. There was a trend in the 90’s that students would enrol themselves in 3 months Intensive English tuition programme while waiting for their SPM results. Yet in 2010s, the age of those attending tuitions have become younger as many primary school children were rushing for many tuition classes after school. I believe if English is re-established as the medium of instruction, it will surely help our students. With more than 350 million people around the world speaking English as their first language and more than 430 million speaking it as their second language. I fully agree as per what was mentioned by our Johor Sultan that Singapore has done well because of their adoption of English. He said Malaysia can learn from how Singapore has forged national unity through their education system, which I quote has not only helped develop their country but it has also brought their people together regardless of race and religion.

What would Shirley be doing if you didn’t go down the education path? I would be doing charity work and run an orphanage. I am passionate about it and would have loved to do it. Nevertheless, I’m glad that we manage to channel part of the profits from our UBA fees to help sponsor free education to some refugee camps. 10 free English schools in India have benefited and now we are having an education fund for children in India for every student that enrols in our MBA programme. TI



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My johor stories

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JB Hospital Nostalgia

This was the façade of the Johor Bahru General Hospital in 1946


s news and photos of the fire at Hospital Sultanah Aminah were shared on social media on 25th October 2106, I was filled with sadness and empathy for everyone affected, and grieved with the families who lost loved ones in the tragedy. The Johor Bahru government hospital was once called the Johor Baru General Hospital or GH, in short. In 1977, it was renamed Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) after Sultanah Aminah, the first wife of Sultan Ismail. The earliest hospital in JB was a wooden building used since 1882 and was replaced by the original 5-storey structure with a red brick finishing, designed in a symmetrical layout with East and West wings. Construction of the hospital on a site which commands a panoramic view of the Johor Straits started in 1938 and was completed in 1941. The layout of the hospital was such that wards located in the East and West wings were naturally cooled by sea breezes. JB’s Teochew community fondly refers to the hospital as ‘puay kee lau’ that literally translates to “airplane building” because the aerial view of the building layout resembles an airplane! Senior medical practitioners will fondly recall how their skills were honed in the first post-graduate medical centre in Malaysia established in the JB GH by three medical pioneers, Datuk Dr Lim Kee Jin, Datuk Dr T Sachithanandan and Datuk Dr Sam C E Abraham, in 1969. In 1928, the residence of Ungku Khatijah, the sister of Sultan Abu Bakar, was completed on Bukit Cengkih, a hill behind the hospital that earned its name from the clove (cengkih) plantation here. After her demise, this palace was renovated and used as the hospital’s

Officers’ Ward or first-class ward. This building is now used as the Hematology Ward and part of the Monash University campus while the first-class ward moved to the new extension of the main building in 2009. The hospital compound is bordered by Jalan Mahmoodiah and Jalan Skudai/ Jalan Abu Bakar while Jalan Datuk Wilson which meanders around the main hospital building, was once lined by staff quarters. As patients’ needs increased, these

My mum, Lucy Ng [2nd from Right] with her midwife colleagues at the maternity ward of the then Johor Bahru General Hospital staff quarters were demolished to build the polyclinic and specialists clinic, and over time, every available space in the compound is occupied by buildings for wards and other departments. The government hospital is close to my heart not only because I was born here but also because this was where my parents met each other. While dad, who was from Ipoh, trained and qualified as a hospital assistant here, mum qualified in midwifery. From them, my siblings and I learnt a great deal about the hospital, its wards, interesting cases and the strict rules by which they

were trained under the British medical system. After they were married, my parents were posted to Kota Tinggi Hospital where they were based for several years. On their transfer back to JB GH, their home was the staff quarters at Jalan Datuk Wilson. When dad was on night duty, he and his team would finish their duties quickly and to stay awake until the next round of medicine dispensing, he would spend the time learning Tamil from Indian colleagues. This was how dad acquired a working knowledge of the language and it proved useful to make Indian patients feel more comfortable as dad spoke to them in their own tongue. It was uncanny that on the day I was born, all three of us – my parents and I – were lying in the same hospital but in different wards! Mum recalls that she was still working that day and when she felt the onset of labour, she went home to shower and admitted herself to the ward. In those days, the maternity ward was in a separate building next to the hospital. Later the maternity ward moved to level four of the main building before it shifted into the new extension along with the first-class and royal wards. Recently we discovered dad’s old diary noting the dates he was admitted for jaundice, a day before my mother was also admitted to deliver me! So the first home I knew was my parents’ staff quarters in the hospital compound. One unforgettable childhood memory here was a Christmas Day when the monsoon rain coincided with a super high tide and the hospital compound was flooded by the backflow from the sea, washed up to our front steps! Dad, who enjoyed photography, captured a wide collection of photos of himself and his hospital colleagues – on duty and off duty – and even shots of patients meeting a friendly zebra which had escaped from the nearby zoo and wandered into the hospital compound! HSA continues to provide affordable quality healthcare to the public and when the polyclinic could no longer cope with the volume of patients, an out-patient

My dad and his three daughters [inside car] parked in front of our home in the staff quarters at Jalan Datuk Wilson, adjacent to the hospital clinic was opened at Jalan Mahmoodiah in 2005. The advancements in HSA’s specialists and cardiac departments are so impressive that many patients opt to seek treatment here. So this public hospital is often over-crowded but there is a system to meet patients’ needs. After my parents’ retirement, I accompany them for regular check-ups and also collect their prescriptions from the polyclinic and Mahmoodiah clinic. As a frequent visitor in the wards, I’m familiar with the hospital and saw how space is maximized with new wards created by partitions. Internal renovations must also include electrical extensions to support the lighting and equipment there. And over decades, records of countless renovations in the old building may be too sketchy for hospital administrators to review original or updated floor and electrical wiring plans now. It’s a hard lesson to learn but the recent catastrophe proved how important it is to have a disaster plan and trained safety personnel who are vigilant about conducting strict maintenance checks regularly to guard against fire and similar emergencies in buildings with large numbers of people. Besides hospitals, disaster plans must be put in place in shopping malls, commercial and industrial buildings, movie theatres, hotels, schools, hostels and dormitories. TI

One Christmas Day, Jalan Datuk Wilson was flooded after the seasonal monsoon rain and our guests had to wade through the flood waters to come for our Christmas party!



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Arts, Gigs and Sports in ISKARNIVAL Sama-Sama


hough weather was bad, the show must go on. The Weekend and Gego stage at ISKARNIVAL Sama-Sama boasted a list of great musical performances, from legendary locals like Gerhana Ska Cinta who came with their full nine man line up to international acts like Indonesia’s White Shoes & The Couples Company and rock quartet The Sigit. Those who preferred more eccentric fusion sounds were entertained by Pandavas Fusion, a band from Kuala Lumpur that features the oriental sound of the sitar. Apart from the gig

Visitors at the Art of Speed

performances and extreme stunt sport excitement, visitors and art fans admired sophisticated gigantic bamboo sculptures planted around Puteri Harbour during the carnival. Konstruk project brought together 15 architects and artistes from Asia region and locals to build the gigantic bamboo art to promote sustainability and versatility of bamboo as a building or design material. Almost 9000 bamboo sticks harvested from Pontian, Johor were used to complete 15 sculptures which took two weeks in development for each art. Educity Sports Complex gym trainer Nazmi Hamzah who came for both days of ISKARNIVAL SamaSama a d m i re d Konstruk project and viewed them as unique and eye catching despite of its odd figures. L o c a l Johorian artiste, EH HE built and named

their project as ‘Home’ with imagery of birds while Pow Ideas from Kuala Lumpur sculptured ‘Flow’, a round hanging fish trap lookalike. The Weekend stage for Indie music bands were paired with two bamboos’ art designed by Ramlan Abdullah with ‘Into the Cloud’ and Eko Prawoto with ‘Tunggak Semi’. Among all sculptures, ‘Katakan Cinta’ by Andi Ramdani from Indonesia won the heart of most visitors with a cute ‘spread love’ hand gestures depicted and perfect for photo moments while complementing Gego Satellite performing stage. Aligned together with ‘Katakan Cinta’, Philippine architect Leeroy New sculptured ‘Axis Mundi’ and local artiste Alvin Tan built ‘Cocoon’ that attracted camera lens. Art of Speed Johor gathered more than 1000 custom vehicles from vintage Vespas to top of the line custom Harleys and Triumph along with cars and trucks. Visitors enjoyed the display of one of the largest custom culture gathering in the country while having picnic-

Full original line up of Gerhana Ska Cinta performing at The Weekend stage styled BBQ at the park with their friends and family. Among other highlights were cultural dances by the Aswara dance troupe, poetry recitals and

stand-up comedy stage along with a stunt motorcycle demo by Jack Field and Rhianna Buchanan, Australian Freestyle Trials Pro Riders. - by Hakim Malik and Maressa Esa TI

‘Katakan Cinta’ by Andi Ramdani from Indonesia won the hearts of most visitors

I.M. klik 2016 – “Iskandar Malaysia – 10 Years On” Interest

Iskandar Investment Berhad’s I.M. klik 2016 celebrates with over 800 entries

Izwan I s m a i l ’s “Carefree Lifestyle”, capturing the joy of children diving into cool, crystal clear waters at a Pasir Putih fishermen’s village; and a panoramic snapshot of “Hot Balloon in the Air” captured by Wong Nok Ling at Preserving our Heritage by Hairulizam Bin Hairi the Demi Johor .M. klik 2016, the annual DUA festival in Iskandar Puteri Photography and Video won the second and third prizes competition organised by respectively. All winners of I.M. Iskandar Investment Berhad klik 2016 were presented with their (IIB), celebrated Iskandar Malaysia’s prizes by YB Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul 10th anniversary with a spectacular Samad, Johor Bahru Member of display of the competition’s best Parliament who was the guest of photography and short video honour. “It is gratifying to see such entries at the ISKARNIVAL SamaSama held at Puteri Harbour on an overwhelming response for 13th November 2016. The I.M. I.M. klik this year with more than klik 2016 Photo Gallery titled 800 entries received from all over ‘‘Iskandar Malaysia – 10 Years On” Malaysia. With the theme which showcased winning entries by both professional and amateur photographers; capturing the stunning and rapidly-changing landscapes of Iskandar Malaysia and its people. A breath-taking view of a Kuala Masai floating house at sunset, titled “Preserving Our Heritage’ and stunningly encapsulating a retrospective lens on progress earned Hairulizam Carefree Lifestyle by Izwan Bin Ismail Hairi the top prize of RM4,000.


celebrates Iskandar Malaysia’s 10th anniversary, IIB is privileged to witness first hand, entries that captured beautifully the region’s development and progress throughout the years, whilst at the same time giving insights into the lives of those who proudly call Iskandar home,” stated Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad, President and Chief Executive Officer of IIB at I.M klik 2016’s prize giving ceremony. For the short video category, Mahmood Sukhairi emerged winner with his video “HAI: Harapan anak-anak Iskandar” which follows the story of a group of children living in Iskandar Malaysia as they admire the new infrastructure coming up in the region and dreaming of more amenities being built closer to their homes. Second prize went to Zamri Zain for his “Iskandarian Boy” which captures a little boy’s innocence and delight as he enjoys Iskandar Malaysia. Moh Tiong Aik walked away with third prize for “A Day without the World Wide Web”, telling a university student’s escapade as she sought a day away from internet connectivity and enjoys her excursion through the region. Speaking of the inspiration behind his winning video, Mahmood

IIB to showcase professional and amateur photographers’ talents as they capture quotidian portraits of life in Iskandar Malaysia. Already in its third year since its launch in 2014, the competition remains popular among residents of Iskandar Hot Balloon in the Air by Wong Nok Ling Malaysia, receiving an overwhelming response shared, “The sight of children by participants. Two photography playing football on a little patch and short video workshops were of land made me wish for better also hosted for free by Andrew facilities such as Cruyff Court Boey, founder and Director of Iskandar in Kampung Melayu. Academy of the Nikonian Academy Football, JDT and Cruyff Court to give aspiring competition Iskandar are definitely a winning participants more in-depth tips and techniques on photography combination for a story!” I.M. klik is an annual as well as compositional rules. The public can view the photography and videography competition organised by winning entries at

Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of IRDA (left) and Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad (sixth from left), President/Chief Executive Officer of IIB, Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad (seventh from left), Johor Bahru Member of Parliament, Akmal Ahmad (second from right), Chief Operating Officer of IIB, John Ng (right), Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing of IIB with the winners



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Youth Entrepreneurs Benefits from Johor Islamic Corporation Highlight

Entrepreneurial culture grows for development


ohor Islamic Corporation (PIJ) marked its third year in helping young entrepreneurs by allocating approximately RM115,500 of funds to 69 youth entrepreneurs from Pasir Gudang Parliament via ‘Youth Entrepreneur Aid’ and ‘Hawker Aid’, recently. 18 recipients received an aid worth RM5000 via the Youth Entrepreneur Aid while 51 other recipients were allocated RM500

from the Hawker Aid as an incentive to drive forward in developing their businesses. “Greater involvement of entrepreneurs in the field will also contribute to the economic growth of Johor which leads to people’s welfare. Entrepreneurial culture needs to be further enhanced to ensure that the country will continue to develop and the benefits can be enjoyed by the

public,” said Menteri Besar Johor, Dato’ Mohamed Khaled Nordin when gracing the distribution ceremony at Der’ Cabin Bistro Seri Alam. Overall, there were 1603 applicants who applied under Johor Islamic Corporation for other several categories such as Youth Sponsorship, Food Trucks, and Youth Collective this year. - by Maressa Esa TI

Menteri Besar Johor, Dato’ Mohamed Khaled Nordin launched Der’ Cabin Seri Alam

‘I ate Spaghetti for Jolly Sports Activities Breakfast and Joined with Underprivileged the Contest’ Children Indulgence

Tony Roma’s crowned two of the best for lamb ribs eating challenge


petite young assistant secretary was crowned Winner for the female category of Tony Roma’s ‘World First Lamb Ribs Eating Contest’ that was held recently in Komtar JBCC with no preparations despite the fact she had spaghetti for breakfast! “This is actually my first time eating lamb ribs from Tony Roma’s and I decided to join in when my sister told me about the contest since last week. Besides, the lamb ribs are pretty tender to eat,” said winner Siti Farhana Azmi who wolfed down a set of lamb rack in four minutes. As for male category, technician Muhd Reza Putra Salam who was also a first timer chomped two racks of lamb ribs within 5 minutes 28 seconds and bagged home the Winner title competing among other seven contenders with last year’s winner as well. “My friend entered the ribs eating challenge last year and I decided to join in this year. I just came back from night shift work and prepared my empty stomach for the contest. In fact, I’ve dined once in a while

at Tony Roma’s and coincidently lamb ribs are my favourite because it is softer than beef ribs,” said Reza. Both winners brought home year-long free meals at Tony Roma’s. This is the second time for Tony Roma’s to hold a ribs eating contest as well as the world’s first lamb ribs eating challenge for its’ global chain outlet. - by Maressa Esa TI

Winners of the Tony Roma’s Komtar JBCC Lamb Ribs eating contest, Siti Farhana Azmi and Muhd Reza Putra Salam



UEM Land Sports & Recreation Club sharing memorable moments with mentally challenged children

or UEM Land Sports & Recreation Club (UEMLSRC), corporate social responsibility is about sharing happiness together with underprivileged people and it can be done in many ways. Therefore, they decided to spice up their sports activities by having a great day together with special students from School for Mentally Challenged Children (SMCC). President of UEMLSRC, Wan Atiqah Wan Abu Bakar said it is a good initiative to have these special children in their activities as it promotes a healthy lifestyle while bringing smiles on their faces. “This is the second year we had interactive activities with them and I

believe they enjoyed this precious moment as much as we did,” said Wan Atiqah at the SMCC field. As many as 40 members of UEMLSRC and 40 SMCC students accompanied by their teachers had fun together with various activities including musical

chair, crab walking, and running with football while wearing sarong. UEMLSRC also presented SMCC with donation money worth RM1100 to help ease the ever increasing daily expenses of the school. - by Syakirin Daud TI

Members of UEMLSRC along with mentally challenged children during one of the activities

Johor Landscape Day 2016 Environment


Landscaping and community awareness to improve quality of lives

he Johor State government recently organised the Johor Landscape Day 2016 at Hutan Bandar Putra, Kulai over a period of three days. State Landscape Director Zainal Eran said with the theme “Landscaping Works Together with the Community”, the programme enhanced knowledge and public

awareness about the importance of creating a clean environment that is beautiful, comfortable and safe through the development of landscape. “The programme recognises the contributions of all those who have helped the realisation of the national landscape development policy,

including the provision of public parks and quality recreational facilities.” “It also gives exposure to the public regarding the importance of landscape in improving the quality of life and landscape industry’s contributions to the national economy,” he said during the launch event.

He added that the programme would also provide an opportunity for people to gain more information about landscaping as well as obtaining materials for landscaping at reasonable prices. The programme was launched by Menteri Besar Johor Dato’ Khaled Nordin and also saw

the prize giving ceremony for the annual landscaping competition between local authorities. Several other activities were planned for visitors including a fishing competition, music performances, a petting zoo as well as a display of collector’s Vespa scooters for everyone to check out. - by Amin Khairuddin TI



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Urging Doctors to Unite against Cancer


he National Cancer Society of Malaysia was in town recently, calling all general practitioners in the state to help spread the word against the growing concerns of cancer. The two day forum was held at Tropical Inn Hotel, JB saw a healthy response from both the public and those from the medical field. President and Medical Director of the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM), Dr. Santhari

Somasundaram said that medical professionals should help people realise the early warning signs of cancer as well as educating the public on cancer prevention and assisting patients on managing their treatment and disease. “We need every medical professional to protect the public. Studies also show that cancer patients do want their primary care physicians to be actively involved in their follow up care.” “It can be

managing other diseases that the patient may have apart from cancer. The physicians also help patients relieve chronic pain, refer them to hospices and provide advice on diet and sexuality”, said Dr. Santhari. She added that this type of care is important in helping patients manage their cancer and get through their days. The roles of different medical professional in cancer control should be provided through Malaysia’s National Cancer Control Plan, which the Federal Government has yet to disclose. “So more than ever, we need primary care physicians and oncologists to support and complement the work of each other: the oncologists treat the cancer, while the physician treats the person,” added Dr. Santhari. - by Amin Khairuddin TI

Soroptomist International Iskandar Puteri Chartered Empowerment

Full gear in helping women, children, refugees and the needy


o r o p t o m i s t International South West Pacific (SISWP) recently chartered the 14th extension of the club aptly named Soroptomist International Iskandar Puteri (SIIP) with 26 members and ready for bigger plans ahead to help women, children, refugees and the needy in Johor Bahru. The charter was initiated by SISWP President, Theresa Lyford and Pulai Member of Parliament Secretary, Dato’ Haji Abdul Rashid Kasman followed by a certificate signing ceremony and presentation of chain of office. “I t ’s par ticular ly important that the club services for the local community and is aware of what’s happening in the wider community which is from the country and international perspective. As a young club, there is a lot of education that still goes on for its members so that they will understand on where they sit in the Soroptomist

Charter President of Soroptomist International Iskandar Puteri, Nooraini Dato’ Mohd Yasin (middle) presented signed charter certificate of SIIP with Theresa Lyford, Soroptomist International South West Pacific (SISWP) President and Pulai Member of Parliament Secretary, Dato’ Haji Abdul Rashid Kasman club,” said Theresa Lyford, Soroptomist International South West Pacific (SISWP) President during the charter of SIIP. Charter President of Soroptomist International Iskandar Puteri, Nooraini Dato’ Mohd Yasin expressed that SIIP will be working closely with Johor Women Development Department for their pipeline projects such as shelters for those in

need. Other projects that will be executed in the near future are living skills workshop, marketing skills development, education for refugee children, ‘Walk the Talk’ advocacy on stopping violence towards women, awareness on child rights, annual social responsibility activities for orphans and low income families, and more. by Maressa Esa TI

Country Garden Pacific View Signs MoU with UTM Johor


n i v e r s i t y Technology of Malaysia (UTM) and China based property developer Forest Cit y, Countr y Garden Pacific View Sdn. Bhd. (CGPV ) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase the value of UTM graduates by giving them an opportunity to work with the company. This bilateral relationship is a response to the request of HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Sultan Iskandar to ensure that Forest City provides opportunities to the local community in particular Johorians. The MoU signing

President of Country Garden Malaysia Datuk Othman Bin Ibrahim, Head of Development of CGPV Jason Fu, UTM Vice-Chancellor Datuk Ir. Dr Wahid Bin Omar, Johor Human Resource and Unity EXCO, Vidyananthan Ramanadhan during the signing ceremony ceremony between ViceChancellor Datuk Ir. Dr Wahid Bin Omar and President of Country Garden Malaysia Datuk

Othman Bin Ibrahim and was witnessed by Johor Human Resource and Unity Chairman, Vidyananthan Ramanadhan. TI

New Look for PwC Johor Bahru


ricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Johor Bahru recently launched their newly renovated office in Menara Ansar. The three months long renovation work updated the look of their working space which was established there in 1998. Utilising trendy colours from PwC’s corporate colour palletes, the office featured an open office concept with a “hot desking concept” where employees are not assigned to any particular permanent spot or table in the office. The pantry was also revamped with comfortable sofas and loungers to provide a more relaxing space for the staffs.

Also present to officially launch the new look was Sridharan Nair, Managing Partner of PwC Malaysia along with Manohar Johnson and Benedict Francis, Senior Executive Directors of PwC Johor Bahru. “The transformation of the office reflects our commitment to enhance and grow our firm here in Johor Bahru,” said Sridharan, adding that with the new office hopefully they can attract more people to join the practice. Currently, there are 70 personnel based in the Johor Bahru branch. TI


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ast month we celebrated 20 individuals and organisations at the third Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (IMSHA) held at Holiday Villa Hotel, Johor Bahru. We have now come to the end of the year with a lot achieved and with a positive mind let’s go through the final segment of 2016. The Rolling Stones is back after almost a decade with their first blues album – ‘Blue & Lonesome’. A custom ‘blue lips’ emoji was also launched on Twitter where anyone tweeting the hashtag #rollingstones will see a special blue lips emoji appear. Also, Rockaway, Malaysia’s premier rock festival recently took centre stage at Bukit Jalil,

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KL with a stellar line up of both local and international acts. As Christmas is not far off, I’d like to share with you some interesting tours by Viator, a TripAdvisor company. Hands up all meat-lovers as Peggy checks out Project Maging Steakhub at Bandar Baru Uda where in her words…it’s a “carnivores’ paradise”! From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure on 15th December 2016. Unleash the heroism in you and head to the cinemas in full force! Walt Disney Animation Studios’ brings us a new feature film “Moana”, an adventurous teenager who with the help


Rocking it out with the Return of Rockaway!

Malaysia’s premier rock music festival returned with not one, but two BIG BANGS!


fter three years of silence, the local music scene was rocked at its core with the return of Rockaway, surprising fans with not one, but two full concerts that left concert goers gasping for more. The first date, known as The Rockaway Malaysia MotoGP Weekend Festival, brought several renowned international and local acts to Hillside B of the Sepang International Circuit. Skip a month later at Bukit Jalil, the second date dubbed Rockaway the Saga Continues truly kept fan expectations high as thousands flocked the grounds as early as 2pm, checking out the three stages of pure rocking music. The day saw nostalgic performances by local legends, David Arumugam and the Alleycats, Zainal Abidin, as well as a special performance by Kyoto Protocol featuring Man Bai. ‘The Get Up Kids’ then wowed the

crowd with their high pumping set of classic hits. Local heroes Deja Voodoo Spells did a special performance featuring Bumblefoot and the 11 Piece Book of Spells Orchestra that impressed the likes of any onlooker. The boys from One Buck Short gave the crowd their money’s worth with a string of singalong hits that resonated with fans across ages. 90s alternative rock band, Third Eye Blind took the night to another level when the audience sang to favourites including ‘Semi Charmed Life’, ‘Never Let You Go’ and the slow number ‘How it’s Gonna Be’. American Post Hardcore-Punk band, Taking Back Sunday clearly left their mark after a show stopping performance that got the crowd into a frenzy, complete with twirling microphones and on stage antiques

that left the audience screaming for more. The night closed with the 20th anniversary show of iconic band, Butterfingers that saw a huge crowd of all ages gingerly waiting to hear them after an almost seven year hiatus. Loke, Emmet and Kadak showed Rockaway and adoring fans a teaser of what’s to come. After two epic dates this year, one can only hope and wonder how the next Rockaway Festival will turn out. -By Amin Khairuddin

The Rolling Stones Returns after a Decade! Five decades in the making and just three days to record - new album ‘Blue & Lonesome’ out this December


n 2nd December 2016, The Rolling Stones will release ‘Blue & Lonesome’, their first studio album in over a decade. Recorded in just three days in London, United Kingdom, ‘Blue & Lonesome’ takes the band back to their

roots and the passion for blues music which has always been at the heart and soul of The Rolling Stones. ‘Blue & Lonesome’ is available in various formats and will be released by Polydor Records. It was produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins. The album was recorded over the course of just three days in December last year at British Grove Studios in West London, just a stone’s throw from Richmond and Eel Pie Island where the Stones started out as a young blues band playing pubs and clubs. Their approach to the album was that it should be spontaneous and played live in the studio without overdubs. The band - Mick Jagger (vocals & harp), Keith Richards (guitar), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ronnie Wood (guitar) were joined by their

long time touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards) and, for two of the twelve tracks, by old friend Eric Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own album. ‘Blue & Lonesome’ sees the Rolling Stones tipping their hats to their early days as a blues band when they played the music of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf - artists whose songs are featured on this album. The tracks are - Just Your Fool, Commit A Crime, Blue and Lonesome, All Of Your Love, I Gotta Go, Everybody Knows About My Good Thing, Ride ‘Em On Down, Hate To See You Go, Hoo Doo Blues, Little Rain, Just Like I Treat You, I Can’t Quit You Baby. Source: Universal Music Singapore

from demigod Maui, sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master ‘wayfinder’ and save her people. As always, for those wishing to share their fashion collection, travel tales, or like us to review your restaurant/hotel for a staycation, drop me an e-mail at waves. and be featured. For more news, do access www.theiskandarian. com The Iskandarian wishes all celebrants a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2017!


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What Do We Know About LOVE? – Part 2

Rose Osman has intuitive skills in hacking potentials in human energy for success and healing. She coaches through One-toOne sessions, group sessions and via E-courses on

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Level 2: Self-Love Self-Love is a realisation that Love starts within oneself. An individual who experiences Self Love stops seeking Love from the outside world or from the other person. Instead, he/she explores and finds mastery within the Love. The individual also starts to experience Love with Awareness. Self-Love rose massively in the 70s. During the expansion, many people began to learn to meditate and explore in self-help programmes around the world. This is the love that shifts egocentric feelings in the solar plexus into personal self-esteem and empowerment. Individuals who enter the state of Self-Love are likely to experience courage in transforming his/her life in many ways.

People who experience Self-Love choose a relationship that understands the freedom of the Soul. They know that every relationship is an opportunity to heal and to evolve their state of Awareness. The relationship that carries Self-Love is filled with compassion, respect and understanding of the Soul and not of the personalities. Level 3: Universal Love It starts when Self-Love reaches its maturity. It means when one sees a relationship from his/ her Soul, they have the ability to detach from the egocentric energy and start giving out Love from within. This Love starts from the Heart Chakra and slowly moves towards higher energy centres.

Universal Love exceeds the need to attach and react towards egocentric personalities. It also brings aliveness, joy, healing and peace to the world. The effects of Universal Love are beyond time and space. While Human Love is about living on the waves of energy, Universal Love is about Stillness. An individual who reaches Universal Love is capable of loving unconditionally and consciously. Love is energy that we already have within us. In its purest essence, Love heals. Use Awareness to experience the beauty of Love and indirectly bring joy in every relationship. Love from the heart and do it with Awareness.

An Energy Coach and A Personal Motivator. Rose Osman uses her knowledge and intuitive skills in energy to coach people to live a joyful life through her coaching programmes on personal & career growth, relationship, love and health.


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Source: The Walt Disney Company Malaysia

Genre: Action-Adventure Release date: 15th December 2016 Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker Directors: Gareth Edwards Producer: Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel


n a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.


Source: The Walt Disney Company Malaysia

voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Genre: Animated Comedy/Adventure Release date: 1st December 2016 Voice Cast: Auli‘i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk


hree thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master ‘wayfinder’. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker Producer: Osnat Shurer

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Christmas 2016: The World's Most Authentic Festive Experiences From snow capped New York skylines to horse drawn sleighs in Salzburg, Viator picks the world’s best Christmas activities of 2016 Frankfurt Christmas Market By Viator Team

families and loved ones in the celebratory spirit.

ave the Christmas of a lifetime with Viator, a TripAdvisor company, world’s leading provider for tours and experiences worldwide. The Viator team of travel experts have specially selected some of the world’s top most authentic Christmas experiences to get

1. Lapland: Reindeer Sleigh Ride to Santa Claus Village This 3.5-hour fairytale tour explores Finland’s breathtaking scenery and includes a Lapland Santa Claus Village experience. The experience starts with a snowmobile ride deep into the Finnish wilderness, with beautiful views over the blanketed landscape. Upon reaching a local reindeer farm, guests will hop aboard their sleigh for an unforgettable reindeerpulled ride to Santa Claus Village where Santa himself will be waiting! There will be a chance to snap up Christmas goodies and to send a postcard from Santa’s post office – ideal for families and young children eager to meet Santa in Lapland. From SGD$233.84 (about RM 701.52).


2. Frankfurt: Christmas Market Visit and Traditional German Christmas Dinner This guided 5.5-hour tour includes a visit

Reindeer Sleigh Ride

to the Rüdesheim Christmas Market of the Nations to experience the wonderfully decorated Nativity scene. Guests will get the chance to listen to traditional carolers and choirs, browse the stalls for unique gifts and regional delicacies and take a winter stroll down the neighbouring streets, trails or paths. The tour ends with a delicious 2-course traditional Christmas meal at a local eatery. From SGD$321.53 (RM964.59). 3. New York: New York Christmas Tour with Private Guide For first timers to New York, the best way to soak up the festive atmosphere of one of the world’s most iconic cities is to explore the local back-streets with a guided walking tour. With stop-offs at the Rockefeller Center with all the beautiful Christmas lights and its iconic Christmas tree, the window displays of Saks Fifth Ave and Lord and Taylor, this tour stops at nothing to give guests a full immersion into New York City’s Christmas spirit. From SGD$185 (RM555).

New York Private Tour 4. Salzburg: Christmas Horse-Drawn Alpine Adventure There’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than to snuggle up on a merry horsedrawn sleigh ride. Departing from Salzburg, this day trip ventures along the Salzach River Valley and travels up to 3,281 feet to the Alpine mountain of Dachstein for incredible panoramic views of the wintery alpine scenery. Lunch is served in a cosy local inn before departure to keep guests warm throughout the journey. From SGD$115.36 (RM346.08). 5.Austria: Christmas Eve Dinner at Weikersdorf Castle Soak up the holiday spirit with a 4-course traditional Austrian Christmas Eve dinner at Weikersdorf Castle. Led by a local guide, the tour takes guests from the capital city of Vienna to a Renaissance-era hotel in the Austrian Alps to enjoy four courses of traditional specialties, accompanied by local wine and music. The night is finished off at the Church of St Christopher to experience a Christmas midnight mass. From SGD$226 (RM678). For more information and details, visit

Christmas Eve Dinner at Weikersdorf Castle

Calendar of Events 30th Nov – 4th Dec

Spore, 7th Dec

Malaysia Junior Badminton Talent Search 2016

NYP JAM! 2017 Auditions @ Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore

JB, 30th Nov – 4th Dec

JB, 9th - 12th Dec

World Festival of Scrabble 2016 @ Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, JB

JB, 3rd Dec Cat Adoption Drive @ Maslee Larkin Aman

Spore, 5th Dec Tech Jam 2016 @ Science Centre Singapore

2nd Megahome 2016 @ Persada Johor

12th Dec Maulidur Rasul

JB, 14th Dec Charity Carnival @Educity Sports Complex

JB, 15th – 25th Dec Johor Craft Festival @ Angsana Mall JB

Spore,16th – 19th Dec Salsa Cruise Party @ Marina Bay Cruise Centre, S’pore

JB,17th Dec Rugby Monsoon Cup @ Mini Stadium Mersing

25th Dec Christmas Day

Spore, 27th Dec Comedy at Canvas with Kumar @ Canvas Singapore

31st Dec New Year’s Eve

JB, 17th – 18th Dec 2nd Facon Education Fair 2016 @ Persada Johor

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360 Degree Solution for Women – Part One Dr Sharifah Halimah Jaafar M.D. M.Med O&G (UKM), AM (Mal), AAAM (USA) Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Regency Specialist Hospital

s women age, relaxing of the vaginal wall can lead to vaginal relaxation syndrome (VRS), which is exacerbated by childbirth, especially from multiple pregnancies and deliveries, and the vaginal atrophy associated with menopause-related hormonal changes. VRS can lead to a number of problems, both physical and psychological, a major one of which is lessening of sexual satisfaction for both the female and her partner, often referred to as “loose vagina”. With improvement of socio-economy and health status, more women are voicing their concern about their ‘intimacy’ problem in the bedroom and how it affects their self-confidence. Where health, beauty and intimacy are perhaps interconnected, demand for treatment of vaginal relaxation syndrome for improvement of sexual performance and aesthetic appearance to boost confidence is increasing.

Female genitalia suffer physiological modifications with the passing of time especially after repeated childbirth. Structural changes in the vaginal mucosa and underlying connective tissue occur because of excessive stretching by the baby passing through the birth canal and the instrumentation. Excessive tension of vaginal skin at the introitus, often result in a deep vaginal tissue tear. Due to rich blood supply, the perineum often heals well without much noticeable scar but if the repair is suboptimal or after a repeated episodes of childbirth, the vaginal opening may become distorted due to underlying scar and the overall outlook of the vagina may change permanently. The phenomenon of loss of collagen fibre’s firmness in the vagina and urethral area is due to excessive stretching from childbirth can cause reduction or loss of vaginal tone, and bring about reduction in sexual fulfilment and stress urinary incontinence. In some women, the vagina can remain irreversibly dilated after childbirth.

Effects of repeated childbirth on sexual function

Menopause and sexual performance After menopause, women’s sexual experience


is often affec ted by loss of libido and vaginal dryness due to loss of oestrogen hormone support. Loss of oestrogen production during menopause is often accompanied by thinning of the vaginal mucosa and elasticity. The process of vaginal atrophy begins in which vaginal mucosa becomes pale and its surface becomes flat and lifeless due to loss of its volume and folds. Vaginal atrophy together with loss of lubrication causes dryness and lack of elasticity, making sexual relations extremely difficult. It also invites frequent vaginal infection and vaginitis. Option of treatment of Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome A variety of VRS treatment options exists from non-invasive approaches to invasive surgical procedures. For the non-invasive approaches, behavioural training such as Kegel exercises

can tighten up relaxed musculature in the pelvic floor and to a lesser extent in the vaginal wall. “ Tightening c r e a m s ”, hormonal creams, and other pharmacological approaches are also available. However, although these are non-invasive, the effectiveness is somewhat limited and temporary, requiring continuous application in the case of the pharmacotherapies. Surgical procedures, in which vaginal and associated tissues are incised and rearranged, can offer a much better and longer lasting result. The results of surgical vaginal repair surgery however have to be balanced against the much greater risks involved in any surgery performed on the extremely sensitive vaginal tissues. Downtime for recovery is longer, and there are recognised risks associated with scar formation or nerve damage leading to loss of sensation on G-Spots area and reduced sexual pleasure. TI



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Finding Spice

Why don’t you stop acting smart and just continue to prescribe Paracetamol,” He said on a fine afternoon when I was trying to give my opinion on a heavy subject. I know I am a good doctor; in fact I’m passionate about my job. I love to see patients walk out of the ward healthily and smiling again. But there was some emptiness that I felt because of the treatment I received from my unemployed ex-husband. There were never whispers of love or sensual touches from him. I could never offer my opinion or defend my rights. His repetitive statement was “Hormat suami! Syurga di bawah tapak kaki suami”! From his point of view, a woman needs to respect her husband by being passive and let him have full control in the relationship. I was constantly in sorrow and I knew that I could do more than just prescribe Paracetamol. Suffering from financial and emotional abuse from early marriage had turned me into an anxious woman with multiple scars in my soul. He often belittled my potentials and believed that I needed to stay at home and just serve my role as a wife and a mother. I couldn’t engage in my own interest or explore my potentials. For example, I’ve always loved telling stories through my writings but had to do it secretly when he wasn’t home or when he was asleep. When he discovered that my manuscript was rejected from a publishing company, he was the happiest man on earth. He also frequently blamed me for his failures from minor to major issues. He blamed me that he had become obese because he had lost the determination to stay fit as I was not slender enough for him. He controlled my finances and w hene ver I brought up the topic, he would become aggressive. His strong physique obscured the fact that he had internal conflicts stemming from a low self-esteem. It was 3pm on 16th June 2015, we had an argument. It was the same issue of me being a bad wife. The usual slapping and screaming occurred but what made my survival instincts into action was when the intensity of the beating had gone from bad to worse. This time it involved kicking, multiple punching on my face and finally he stepped on my abdomen while I was lying helplessly on the floor. Even though I didn’t have ruptured bowel or fractured bones, I suffered pain and bruises. I was terrified and knew that he was unpredictable and was turning into a monster. I waited patiently for the right moment to escape. During this critical moment, I remembered a girl named ‘Spice’ whom I knew many years ago. She was a young ambitious girl who knew what she wanted in


Dr. Haliza Zurah Dr. Haliza Zurah is a medical doctor of 8 years of experience with hopes to assist working mothers to balance work, life and emotion. As a representative of JEIWA (Johor Empowerment of Intellectual Women Association), she cover’s crucial issues involving working mothers and matters relating to women’s rights, education and more.

life. She was a good leader and always made firm decisions. At 19, Spice met a handsome young man and became foolishly in love. She looked forward to be his bride and build a family. But the marriage took a huge turn when they were just newlyweds. The abuse started. Spice disappeared and was replaced by a confused, helpless mother of three children. She became an unhappy wife who struggled to keep the marriage for the sake of the children. She became submissive but the abuse continued. She lost her self-worth and forgot who she was. She rewrote her life story multiple times to be reminded of her own identity. Who would do that? T h e escape was real but tragic. The unhappy wife lodged a police re p o r t and subsequently received the justice she deserved. The escape re introduced her to Spice again. Spice was me. It was a nickname given to me when I voiced out my disagreement to a chauvinist man who mocked on women’s ability during my high school. I was only 16 but I was strong, vibrant and vocal with my opinions. That was the woman I dreamed to be – to be Spice again. My life after the escape has turned into an exciting journey with blooming opportunities. My role in the society has expanded from just serving Paracetamol into a women’s activist. I have regained my self-worth and dignity by empowering women through my writings. I realised Spice did not disappear but waited for the right moment to shine again… I am now the woman I dreamed to be. TI *This monologue was accepted by Penang Women Development Centre (PWDC) for the VOICES 2016 workshop with theme of “Woman I Dream”.

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Accumulating Wealth Tips & Tricks

Tey Bin Yuen Binyuen is the founder of BY Enrich Resources and the author of ‘Life beyond the Comfort Zone’. He’ll be launching his second book ‘Profit from Share Investment’ on 3 Dec 16. Pre-order his book with super early bird discount at profitfromshareinvestment/


hile most surveys showed that Hillary Clinton stood a much higher chance to win, Donald Trump beat her comfortably. The outcome - The Dow Future was down 800 points at one point, S&P 500 and NASDAQ future limits were down. The Nikkei lost 900 points and the Mexican peso was down 10%. How about the Ringgit? It has broken RM4.5 on 11th November 2016, the weakest in 12 years. If there are lessons to be learned from this event, what would it be? 1. Be prepared, and don’t believe the media, because what we’ve been fed is only one side of the story. Instead, have a plan and know what to do if the worst happens. For example, I shortlisted a few companies to buy, the entry price and the allocated capital in case the market goes panic. And I bought some. 2. Ask logical questions, such as what will be the impact to your company’s business? For instance, if Donald Trump wins, will Heveaboard sell less particleboard to China and Japan? Will a local construction company like Ekovest get fewer contracts? If the

Profit from Trump’s Victory

answer is ‘no’, it means the company’s fundamentals are not affected. 3. Be a contrarian. You’ll only have the courage to act differently if you’re prepared and understand the market sentiment, as it has nothing to do with your companies’ fundamentals. Lessons aside, would you be curious to know how Trump’s victory affected our portfolio? As at 11th November 2016, we’ve

Q1 results released a day earlier. Gadang made RM16.7 million net profit or EPS of 6.5 sen in Q1 2017, whereas in Q4 2016, it made RM30.5 million net profit or EPS of 13.2 sen. According to the management, the decline in both revenue and profit is due to the completion of various construction projects. Bought SUPERLON (7235) Superlon Worldwide is the leading nitrile

Disclaimer: The companies mentioned above and in this article are meant for study purpose only. It doesn’t constitute any ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ recommendation. Please consult your financial professional if you want to make any decision.

made a paper gain of 61% since the inception of our portfolio in November 2015. On the contrary, KLCI suffered a -1.3% loss over the same period. Sold GADANG (9261) On 28th October 2016, we sold 15000 shares of GADANG at RM2.86 after seeing its declining

butadiene rubber (NBR) insulation manufacturer for the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning (HVAC) and refrigeration industry in Malaysia. It has more than 20 years of manufacturing experience in NBR foam. We bought 25000 shares of Superlon at 2.36 on 9th November 2016 when most people were panic selling. There are a few positive

Adam’s Financial Journey

highlights for Superlon: 1. It has achieved the highest quarter revenue and profits in its Q1 2017; earning RM6 million net profit or EPS of 7.6 sen on the back of RM25.6 million revenue. According to its press release published on 27th September 2016, the revenue growth was mainly led by higher demand of thermal insulation products for both export and local markets. 2. It has RM33 million of cash and very little debt (Q1 report of FY2017). 3. Its annual report (2016) also shows its dividend distributed has increased from 1.75 sen in 2013 to 9 sen in 2016. This implies the company’s cash flow has improved tremendously over the years. 4. Apart from the theme of energy conservation and global warming, Superlon is a benefactor of the strong USD. 5. The newly completed centralised warehouse would enhance Superlon’s production efficiency and reduce delivery time to their customer. With cash of RM65050 brought forward and the transactions performed as abovementioned, our new cash level has become RM60750. Conclusion Ask logical questions and dare to act as a contrarian, as you’d find it very useful when the market loses direction. While there are many things I cannot predict, I can assure that black swan incident like this will happen again. TI

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In the Adam Series, we explain how financial planning is being applied in our day to day life as we journey through different stages and challenges

The Empty Nest – Part Two


ow should we manage our finances during this phase of our life, especially if we’ve not saved up much for our golden years? Let’s take a look at some of the strategies: •

Re-allocate – Since you’ve been used to saving for your children’s education all this while, it’s not too difficult to carry on with this (saving) habit. However, you should now reallocate whatever you’ve been saving towards your own retirement funds. Never think that you have more disposable income now and could blow it all on a round-the-world cruise or finance a brand new car. Channel all these savings into a retirement fund to supplement your EPF savings for the years to come. Re-assess – Before you can put a realistic retirement plan in place, you have to do an assessment of the

financial risks that can have an impact on your retirement: - Consider the effects of inflation on future purchasing power of your money today. You may end up having only half a loaf of bread with the same amount of money that you’re spending on a loaf today. - Relook into the asset allocation of your investments. An overly conservative asset allocation may put you at risk for not being able to outpace inflation. - Be disciplined on the amount you are withdrawing from your retirement funds so that it does not deplete your retirement assets too quickly. - Take into consideration of the rising health care expenses too. As one ages, health care expenses tend to rise in tandem and can considerably affect your savings if you don’t have a comprehensive health insurance plan. Consider which risks you may be most susceptible to and take the necessary steps to minimise the impact. Re-calculate – After having considered the above, you may want to do

a recalculation of your retirement funding needs by following the steps listed below. You may either seek the help of a financial planner or browse the internet for a retirement planning calculator, which is aplenty: Step 1 : P r o j e c t the first year desired retirement income. Step 2 :Estimate the lump sum retirement funds needed (inflation-adjusted). Step 3 :Determine current and future resources of income needed for retirement funding. Step 4 :Convert these current value of resources to their future value at retirement. Step 5 :Determine the Retirement Gap, if any. Step 6 :Determine the funding needed during the pre-retirement period to close the retirement gap.

It is important to note that your retirement planning should include debt reduction, no new debts, diversifying investments and above all, maintaining good health through proper diet and regular exercise. The question of health is vital during old age as health care can be a major expenditure and may drain your retirement savings. Even if you have medical and critical insurances that cover your hospitalisation & surgical bills and critical illness and disability, this may not include or suffice to cover all the procedures and prescriptions that you actually need to have. Therefore, adequate retirement planning has to be done for maintaining and living a healthy life. TI



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Fourth Iskandar Malaysia Eco-Life Challenge saw a participation from 231 primary schools


n its fourth year, the Iskandar Malaysia EcoLife Challenge (IMELC) 2016 which was held at Dewan Seminar, Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Johor saw the participation from 231 primary schools involving 28,000 students. This initiative is a collaboration between IRDA, UTM, JPNJ and Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MIM). IMELC 2016 finals was officiated by Tuan Haji A. Rahim Bin Haji Nin, Johor Bahru City Mayor.

IRDA Chief Executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said IMELC is more than just an environmental education agenda and a social innovation project as it places importance on activating volunteers, promoting greater public, private and people (3P) partnership, and increasing citizen ownership over social issues. “IMELC has a lot of potential in income generation and cost savings for schools and households in Iskandar Malaysia,” said Ismail. For IMELC 2016, the total carbon reduction recorded among the participating

schools is 290,219.3kgCO2 equivalent, while the amount of money saved and earned is RM42,386.3. In the Recycling category, a total of 77 schools submitted entries and proofs which amounted to 98,414 kg and total income reported from the recycling is RM27,281.33. For Electricity saving, 83 schools submitted the monthly bills and reported a total reduction in 1 month is 9,283.19kWh or RM4,641.60 money saved. For Water saving, 94 schools submitted the monthly bills and total reduction in 1 month is 3,170.72m³ or RM10,463.38 money saved during the competition. IMELC 2016 started on 20th September 2016 and consists of three categories namely Recycling Module, Utility Module and Final Presentation. The Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Kuo Kuang won the first prize for Recycling Module Category with 12,618 kg total of

recyclable items. They received RM1000 cash prize, and Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Kota Kulai won the second place with 6,900 kg total of of recyclable items which brought back RM700 cash prize. Third place won by Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampong Sawah with 6,286 kg of recyclable items and received RM500 cash prize. For the Utility Module (Electricity and Water Saving), Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Bukit Tiram won the first place with 52.5% reduction based on monthly bills and they received RM1000 cash prize. Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil Gelang Patah at the second place with 50.5% reduction and received RM700 cash prize. The third place is Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Johor Jaya with 35.4% reduction thus received RM500 cash prize. (Note: Resource and calculation are from UTM) - by Priya Manikam TI

Recycling Tour to Educate De’Fermi Debate Challenge Cup 2016 to Promote Nuclear School Children

Energy Awareness in Students

2 Mohd Zan Arris with the recipients of the Skuad Sayang SWM contributions in conjunction with this year’s Deepavali celebration


n order to create a better awareness and understanding of recycling, SWM Environment Sdn. Bhd. (SWM Environment) organised “Jelajah Kitar Semula” a recycling tour programme that primarily focused on school children, recently. In conjunction with the end of Ujian Pernilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) and the end of this year’s schooling session, SWM Environment started their journey at Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJK (T)) Jalan Yahya Awal, Johor Bahru. Mohd Zan Arris, the Regional Manager of South Johor SWM Environment said that the organisation of the tour was dedicated to the education process and enlightenment about recycling practices in line with the enforcement of the Solid Waste Isolation at the Source back in September 2015. The inaugural programme included a briefing and an exhibition on recycling,

a recycling based game and recycling drive initiative in the form of a competition between classes, and eventually schools in the state. It also provided an opportunity for SWM Environment and SJK (T) Jalan Yahya Awal to exchange knowledge and ideas about recycling. Also, in conjunction with the recent Deepavali celebration, SWM Environment through the South Johor Sayang Squad under its corporate social responsibility entity; Squad Sayang SWM took the opportunity to contribute to the underprivileged students by giving them a meaningful celebration this year. “SWM Environment will expand and strengthen their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes in the future to facilitate the social development agenda,” added Mohd Zan Arris. - by Hakim Malik TI

4 students from four secondary schools in Johor participated in the second De’Fermi Debate Challenge Cup in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai. Organised by Nuclear Engineering Students Association of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (NESSUTM), the competition promoted nuclear energy awareness along with energy security and sustainability to the public especially the students. Sekolah Menengah Sains Sembrong won the challenge, bringing home the coveted trophy and RM700 cash while Sekolah Menengah Sains Muar emerged second winning RM500. Ahmad Arief Hakimi from Sekolah Menengah Sains Muar was

crowned best speaker at the tournament. “I’m thankful for the award as we had prepared a lot since a couple of weeks back, but the competition was tough since all of them were good teams,” said Arief. The three day programme also involved participants from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Desa Skudai and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Tun Aminah. Aside from the competition, the organisers also conducted debate workshops and group discussions on nuclear energy. Also there at the closing ceremony was Nazaruddin Dato’ Razali, Director of Nusantara Test Services Sdn. Bhd. (NUSATEK) the main sponsor for De’Fermi Debate Challenge Cup 2016. - by Hakim Malik TI

Nazaruddin Dato’ Razali, Director of Nusantara Test Services Sdn. Bhd. (NUSATEK) presenting the trophy and prize money to the winning team from Sekolah Menengah Sains Sembrong



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Meat-lovers’ Picks at Projek Maging Steakhub

Projek Maging, 26 Jalan Padi Emas 1/7, UDA Business Centre, Bandar Baru UDA, 81200 Johor Bahru. Open daily 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10.30pm, Friday 4.30pm to 10.30pm. Closed on Mondays. Tel: 6017 – 721 4398. Our resident writer Peggy Loh goes scouting for scrumptious food all over Johor Bahru. Reach her for a review at would travel all the way to their favourite steakhouse in Kuala Lumpur to satisfy their craving. They know the pleasure of sinking their teeth into juicy meat that’s skillfully cooked to their preferred doneness – from rare (25%), medium rare (40%), medium (50%), medium well (80%) to well done (80%) – and savouring the meat in its natural jus. While Malaysians have a tradition of preparing various cuts of meats into soups, stews, curry or rendang, Ena is determined to introduce diners to the pleasure of enjoying Façade of Projek Maging Steakhub at UDA Business Centre, Bandar Baru UDA


rojek Maging Steakhub is dedicated to meat-lovers who simply enjoy the taste and texture of good meats prepared to their preferred doneness. The privilege to pick your own cut of meat from a range of quality fresh meats and cooked ala’ minutes is brought to Johor Bahru by Nurzaweena M. Zaki, a self-confessed steak connoisseur. At first, when Nurzaweena or Ena and her husband longed for a good steak, they

Diners pick their meat choices from the chiller for the kitchen to cook it to the required doneness

Taste the juicy meat with every bite of Wagyu Ribeye steak seared to the diner’s preferred doneness A selection of favourite choices from the menu at Projek Maging Steakhub juicy and tender meats in its melt-in-yourmouth quality. Her passion for sharing the appreciation of quality steaks is presented in a three-step guide to enjoying good meat at Projek Maging Steakhub. Just head to the steak gallery to pick your choice of meat cuts, state your preference of doneness and then savour a satisfying meal. Meat-lovers may pick from a wide price range from Matsusaka, Wagyu, Angus, grass-fed or grain-fed beef, rack of lamb, lamb loin to beef or lamb ribs. If making a meat choice seems

intimidating, just ask their staffs who are equipped to answer queries and will guide you to selections which meets with your taste and budget. Steaks are served with sides of mashed potato and fresh garden salad, and a gravy of black pepper sauce for diners who wish to add more flavour. “While the parents savour good steaks, their young children enjoy our tortilla,” said Ena who’s seen how the items on their menu satisfy the tastes of the whole family. Non-steak eaters are not left out as there is a menu for choices of soup, pasta, grilled chicken and salmon and side items like bruschetta and beef or chicken tortilla. Steaks are for a special night out but there’s something for everyone here. TI



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Authentic Javanese Taste with Ponderosa Touch Gastronomy

Enjoy the true taste of Nasi Ambang at Ponderosa Golf and Country Club


asi Ambang is a traditional Javanese dish commonly consisting of rice served with fried noodles, with one main dish usually a choice between chicken or beef along with various condiments including vegetables and salted fish. A wholesome meal typically found in local community gatherings, the dish is originally served in a tray

or “dulang” and typically enjoyed together with family and friends. Ponderosa Golf and Country Club is offering the famous Javanese cuisine with a culinary twist. The usually simple Nasi Ambang is upped a notch with nine different side dishes rather than the usual combination of four. Satisfy your taste buds with ‘Ayam Salai Lemak Cili Padi’, a Minangkabau specialty. Chef Zamani Kidam shared his secret to the aromatic flavour where the chicken is smoked traditionally beforehand u s i n g coconut husks for its fragrance before cooked

in rich spicy coconut gravy with birds’ eye chillies. The ‘Rendang Kambing Bakar’ which is part of the side dishes is a savoury delight with the grilled lamb pieces cooked to perfection in a thick gravy; rich in spices. Seafood lovers may feast on the ‘Ikan Goreng Berlada’, a spicy fried Mackerel dish along with Malaysian favourite ‘Sambal Udang’ or shrimps cooked in spicy chilli paste that certainly gives the dish its hot touch. As for the greens, they have ‘Sayur Goreng Jawa’ which is essentially the Javanese version of stir fried vegetables with fermented soy cake or tempeh as its main ingredient. Also try their aromatic ‘Gulai Lemak Labu dan Nenas’, a combination of pineapple and pumpkin cooked in coconut milk which is part of the set. There is also ‘Ubi Kentang Berlada’ or fried potatoes in chillies

and ‘Sira Ikan Bilis dan Kacang’ which is made of spicy fried anchovies and ground nuts. Choose between the salted fish or coconut floss as your condiments or even have them together. Mix those dishes together with the mound of white rice along with the fried noodles; sharing it in a big tray completing the authentic taste and experience of Nasi Ambang. The community eating experience really brings

back memories of “kenduri” in the olden days. The dish is available at the Golfers’ Terrace at Ponderosa Golf and Country Club for RM60 per set which serves up to four to six people. Every set is made to order and a two day prior reservation is needed to enjoy it either for lunch or dinner. Just contact Sue or Faridah at +6019-7588037 for more information and reservation. - by Hakim Malik TI

A Gateway by the Sea

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estled on a 10 acre quiet getaway in the heart of Desaru, Tiara Desaru Seaview Residence is the perfect escape for the weekend. Featuring 4 swimming pools, a tennis court and a private beach, Tiara Desaru Seaview Residence offers 579 units of fully furnished apartments. Surrounded by green space looking out to the ocean, the resort provides BBQ facilities by the pool for your grilling convenience. The BBQ huts are the perfect place for group barbecue parties. Stepping inside the well designed apartments; there is a generously sized

common area which can accommodate extra sleeping mattresses. The comfortable living is complimented by a balcony space, built-in dining table, a fridge, flat-screened TV, a queen bed, a ceiling fan and an airconditioner. Among the upcoming amenities is an F&B outlet, a fitness centre and a multipurpose store. The standout mention about Tiara is the secluded access it has to the Desaru beach. Away from the other beaches, Tiara’s beach is exclusive to the residents and guests. For more information, visit http://www. TI


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RMMJ to Benefit Youths and the Disabled Highlight

Special quota for both categories to ensure house ownership by 2017


nother Johor Affordable Housing Scheme (RMMJ) is scheduled to come up in Sri Plentong area and will be developed by Mayland Project Sdn Bhd. The development will include 66 units of affordable houses and two shop houses. “Prices of affordable homes in Johor is fixed at RM50,000 for a 750 square feet, RM80,000 for a 800 square feet unit and RM150,000 for a 1000 square feet unit,” said Menteri Besar Johor, Dato’ Mohamed Khaled Nordin during the launch of Sri Plentong RMMJ at Parc Regency Sales Gallery. Khaled also added that the other two shop houses with a space area of 1000 square feet are priced at RM150,000 while the whole area will include a surau and playground. The MB also announced a new initiative which will be announced in the ‘2017 Johor Budget’ presentation which will see an allocation of 10% special quota for youths and the disabled

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Johor Budget 2017 – Housing

The Budget for the state seems to be promising with 200 units being built under the ‘Program Rumah Mesra Rakyat Johor’, aiming to bring it to 3000 units in total by 2018. Under this scheme, several subsidies will be given such as RM10,000 for houses costing RM64,000 each, RM12,500 subsidy for houses costing RM72,500 and RM15,000 subsidy for houses costing RM85,000. It’s been revealed that 21,540 PR1MA units will be developed across the state, with a price range of RM150,000 to RM350,000. 1284 units are being developed in Johor Bahru with 9561 units to be built later. Deputy Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local (From left) Datuk Ismail Karim, Datuk Abdul Latiff Bandi, Menteri Besar Johor, Dato’ Mohamed Khaled Nordin and Adam Government, Datuk Halimah Leow, at the ground breaking ceremony in Sri Plentong Mohamed Sadique was recently respectively as to ensure that For the record, the state year, while between 2019 to 2023, reported saying that the everyone can enjoy the benefits government is targeting to build over 50,000 units will developed Government will streamline quota from the state government. 7000 more affordable houses by next across the state. - by Hakim Malik TI and prices of affordable homes throughout the country. In line with that, there will now be an introduction of quota for affordable homes in Johor (RMMJ) with 10% of quota on youth ownership and 10% quota allocated for OKU category, and Opinion preference will be given to the latter to own homes in the ground floor or the first floor of strata housing. Under the Hire Purchase Illnesses (CI) as well. Usually, the Scheme, an allocation of RM20 CI coverage will lead to a higher million will be set aside for the premium (the money paid to the purchase of affordable homes insurer). costing RM42000 and RM80000 which will subsequently be Question 2 – What must I cover offered to those who qualify. myself against? For starters, get a Medical and Accident coverage. The primary purpose is to cover loss of income should an illness or accident occurs. Subsequently, move on to Life policies. The objective of pays the policy holder. Collectively, Question 5 – What about savings? this is to ensure that the insured’s both these policies are known as If the insured is contributing to a dependents are compensated in Medical plans. A person should defined retirement scheme such as It’s been circulating in the social therefore, have both policies to EPF/CPF, I usually do not emphasise media as well as in chat groups the event of Death/TPD. ensure comprehensive medical on savings. I opine that the primary of closure of certain prominent function of insurance is for income bank branches. It’s been revealed Question 3 – Is Medical Card and care. protection rather than savings. Critical Illness the same? that the closure of bank branches No. The function of a Medical Question 4 – How much should I is an ongoing effort to enhance Question 6 – I do not have any operational efficiency of banks, Card is to cover medical bills upon allocate for insurance? A good yardstick is to allocate EPF/CPF. How much should I according to the Association of admission into a hospital. Critical illness policies around 10% to 20% of one’s save? Banks in Malaysia (ABM) and the income. For first timer’s, it’s best to When an employed person does Association of Islamic Banking on the other hand, function by go with 10% and move on higher not have any defined retirement Institutions Malaysia (Aibim). making a payout to the insured for plans, my suggestion is to set the amount insured. The rationale during the next review. CIMB Group Holdings Bhd This is to ensure that the aside 23% of one’s income. This is closed 22 branches in the past is to give the policy holder enough insured does not have regrets to compensate the 11% and 12% one year, while Malayan Banking funds to carry on with life while later by committing to a big policy respectively for both the Employee Bhd also admitted to doing the battling against the covered event. In short, Medical Card pays that ends up becoming a financial and Employer’s portion of the EPF same without revealing the plan. TI the hospital while Critical Illness burden. number of closures.

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nsurance is a simple financial instrument. Unfortunately, due to many reasons, it has somewhat become a complicated product these days. I was introduced to a fresh graduate some time back and the following were some of his questions:Question 1 – What is an insurance policy? An insurance policy is a contract where the insured (the person buying the insurance), enters into an agreement with an insurer (the insurance company) where the latter agrees to cover the former for an agreed event (also known as the covered event). The covered event usually covers Death and/or Total Permanent Disability (TPD) but in some cases, includes Critical

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Zhuoyuan Iskandar Celebrates Topping Out for Paradiso Nuova Development

Paradiso Nuova to complete by mid-2017


huoyuan Iskandar Sdn Bhd’s first project; six acres Paradiso Nuova got a topping out ceremony recently to signify completion of structure by middle of 2017. “This ceremony marks a significant milestone for Zhuoyuan Iskandar Sdn Bhd when the foundation stone was laid at the site in June 2013. Today, after almost three years, this is the site which we are looking at, six months ahead of the construction completion schedule. We owe this remarkable achievement to the many people who have been

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Sdn Bhd, Dr. Gerard Kho who also attended the event said that Paradiso Nuova plays an important part in thriving the township of Medini which is on its way of becoming the future Central Business District (CBD) of Iskandar Puteri. The luxury condominium is a 35-storey tower with 382 units furnished with exquisite and international quality construction material that built under Phase 1 of Paradiso Nuova project with a gross development value (GDV) of RM400 million. - by Maressa Esa TI

So What’s Next After the USA Elections?

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involved in the project,” said Lee Siow Woon, Director of Sales, Marketing and Business Development of Zhuoyuan Iskandar Sdn Bhd during the topping out ceremony. Lee also added that almost 80% of the units are sold and one can enjoy incentives of exemption from Real Property Gain Tax (RPGT), exemption from RM1 million thresholds for foreign buyers, no Bumiputra quota, and no restriction of ownership transfers to foreign buyers. Chief Marketing Officer of Medini Iskandar Malaysia

he people of the United States have chosen Donald Trump as their next president. Trump, a real estate business tycoon, has emerged as the winner over Hillary Clinton, to be the 45th president of the world’s strongest nation. Stock markets across continents fell drastically only to rise again a few days after digesting the news. However, Asian currencies continue to fall such as the Malaysian Ringgit, Thai Baht, Chinese Yuan and Japanese Yen. Confidence levels have dipped from Australia to Japan. Uncertainties have caused jitters in investors, and until the situation becomes clearer as to how much Asian economies will be negatively impacted

from the reversal of globalisation, we are in for a period of downward pressure. During the campaign, Trump had repeatedly emphasised that he will withdraw from international trade pacts including the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) which exportoriented countries like Malaysia had hoped for. The next few months will prove to be a very tense period for Asian countries as they wait out the new administration’s directions. There isn’t much good news in the horizon apart from the warm reconciliation that President Obama has extended to ensure a smooth and successful transition to President-elect Trump. The United States has had many successful nonpoliticians turn presidents which include the very much respected President Ronald Reagan. The success of Trump to have listened and responded to the people who were marginalised by the loss

of jobs to developing countries has wide implications for the continued presence of manufacturing jobs in Asia. If, for example, there are disincentives for US multinationals to relocate to Asia, the economies of many Asian countries will suffer. I believe that this reversal of liberal pro-business climate will happen. However, it will take time for companies to relocate back to the USA. The upside of Asia is that we are no longer so-dependent on American companies as we used to. Malaysia for

example has deepened its trade relations with China and Japan. The future of manufacturing in Asia will then rely more on the ability of these leading nations to replace the TPP with a Pan Asia-Europe pact. I have strong confidence that Asia, India, China and Japan will coalesce a new spirit of cooperation with the European countries and Britain. The final analysis of whether the world economy will spin down for a prolonged period depends on stability of the region and the new leadership of the USA continuing to engage Asia. I have deep confidence that Trump, being a very smart business leader, knows that a strong global economy is good for Americans and vice-versa. Besides, he knows how real estate works and I personally hope we can attract Trump to have more American companies to invest in Malaysia especially in Iskandar Malaysia. “What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate” – Donald Trump. Investors in Iskandar Malaysia ought to take that advice seriously and continue working with changes rather than surrendering. TI



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RM20 million to build UMLand Launches SJK (T) Seri Alam Exclusive Aster 2 Highlight

The new school will have up-to-date facilities for the ease and benefit of future students

Menteri Besar Johor, Dato’ Khaled Nordin and MIC Pasir Gudang Chief R. Sabapathy


new Tamil school will be built with the cost of RM20 million in Bandar Baru Seri Alam, Johor Bahru. This announcement came from Head of MIC Pasir Gudang R. Sabapathy during the ground-breaking ceremony at the construction site, recently. He said the state government has allocated a 4.2 hectare land plot to build the school, which will be the 26th Tamil school in Johor and the 526th Tamil School in the country. “This school will help ease the burden of education within the Indian communities

in the neighbouring areas and will be the third Tamil school in the Pasir Gudang District,” said Sabapathy. The new school is expected to be completed in 2018 and will have 18 classrooms as well as basic facilities including four science labs, multimedia centre, and a library among others. Also present during the groundbreaking was Menteri Besar Johor, Dato’ Khaled Nordin, Deputy Education Minister Sharudin Sharif, several members of MIC Pasir Gudang and local residents of Seri Alam. - by Amin Khairuddin TI



Two selections of luxurious Double Storey Semi-D houses launched

MLand Seri Austin has officially launched the show unit for its wholly exclusive living by the hill Double Storey Semi-D residences known as Aster 2. Presenting 84 units of luxurious Double Storey Semi-D houses with two different designs to choose from, the type A consists 72 units of 3,080 sq. ft house featuring a modern contemporary design of 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms plus 1 utility room while another 12 units of Type B with 3,243 sq. ft has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 1 utility room and internal courtyard design. Chief Executive Officer of UMLand Seri Austin, KK Wong said that their latest unit was worth every penny as so many things have been improved to suit nowadays’ lifestyle and needs. “For me Aster 2 is a very special unit as it is the biggest Semi-D in Seri

CEO of UMLand Seri Austin, KK Wong cutting the ribbon to mark the opening of Aster 2 show unit Austin by far which is 40 x 75 for Type A and 40 x 85 for Type B. We also give the house with the latest stylish and contemporary touch not only for the exterior parts but also the interior along with the layout,” said KK Wong during the launching ceremony at Seri Austin Hills, Taman Seri Austin. Aside from the show unit opening, visitors also enjoyed other activities including giant balloon show, live performance, horse riding, lion dance,

and entertaining line-ups for the children such as rock painting and the presence of Pokemon mascot, Pikachu. Aster 2’s outstanding features includes free high speed Unifi broadband package for two years, fully wide car porch that can accommodate 3 cars parked side by side, water heater point in all bathrooms, rain water harvesting tank, quality floor tiles, and also equipped with CCTV points with no overhead electric cables. - by Syakirin Daud TI



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5 Things Missing from Budget 2017 – Part One Opinion

The various experts share their thoughts on what is missing from the budget at the recently concluded Budget 2017 discussion with fellow panelists comprising Dato’ Sri Gavin Tee, Agnes Wong, Caron Tan and Khalil Adis


arket watchers had waited in anticipation for announcements relating to the budget which they hope will help kick-start the otherwise quiet property market in Malaysia. We list down five things missing from Budget 2017. Bandar Malaysia What: For the uninitiated, this Sungei Besi military camp will be developed into an iconic mixeduse development called Bandar Malaysia with a GDV of RM150 billion, housing the HSR station and two MRT stations - Bandar Malaysia North and Bandar Malaysia South. The latter will be the interchange station connecting the MRT Circle Line to the HSR Line. Bandar Malaysia will also be built by a Chinese consortium - China Railway Group. The site area is around 196 hectares and will comprise 27,000 quality and affordable homes. There will also be a dedicated commercial district to support new startups as well as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Why: Market watchers had waited in anticipation for announcements relating to Bandar Malaysia as this will kick-start the otherwise quiet property market in Kuala Lumpur. While nothing has been announced, Malaysia and China has signed the Framework Financing Agreement and Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) Contract for the East Coast Rail Line project. According to Malaysia’s SecretaryGeneral to the Treasury, Dr Irwan Serigar Abdullah, China will finance and construct the RM55 billion project that will connect Port Klang, ITT Gombak, Bentong,

Khalil Adis Khalil Adis was the former editor of Property Report and he has written for PropertyGuru,, Yahoo! Singapore/Malaysia and various newspapers. Renowned for his independent views and insights, Khalil has given talks at various expos and at property launches. He is also on the judging panel of the South East Asia Property Awards (Malaysia).

Mentakab, Kuantan, Kemaman, Kerteh, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu ends in Tumpat. This project will be connected to Bandar Malaysia as part of the China Pan Asia rail network that will connect Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok. High Speed Rail What: In July 2016, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with his counterpart Dato Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The deadline for the HSR project completion has since been pushed back from 2020 to 2026. There are altogether eight stations for the Singapore-KL leg - one in Singapore and seven in Malaysia. The HSR terminus in Singapore will be located in Jurong East, within Jurong Lake District while the stations in Malaysia will comprise Iskandar Puteri, Batu Pahat, Muar, Ayer Keroh, Seremban, Putrajaya and Bandar Malaysia. Why: The High Speed Rail (HSR) project is closely tied with Bandar Malaysia and will cut down commute time from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur in 90 minutes flat. Market watchers had expected more details to be announced with regards to the timeline and execution of the project. Like Bandar Malaysia, budget announcements for the HSR project will help reignite the property market from Iskandar Malaysia all the way to Kuala Lumpur. However, nothing was announced. I’ll discuss more points in the next issue on what’s missing in the 2017 Budget. TI

Neoteric Wonder Eco Tropics EcoWorld transforms an age-old township


co Tropics is situated in Flagship D, Pasir Gudang, which is zoned as ‘the industrial and manufacturing hub of Johor Bahru’. This geocentric development is in proximity to several main locations. A mere 5-minute drive away from the development is Pasir Gudang, Masai Town Centre and Johor Port. A little further out is Tanjung Langsat Port. Johor Bahru City Centre and the North South Highway are just 20 minutes away from Eco Tropics. Located 25 minutes away is Desaru and Pengerang. On top of that, Senai International Airport is only half an hour away. Eco Tropics is also highly accessible via several major highways. Transformation of the Age-old Township Occupying a vast 992 acres, Eco Tropics comprises a 744-acre residential enclave, with a Gross Development Value (GDV) of 3.4 Billion Ringgit, as well as, a 248-acre Eco Business Park III, with a Gross Development Value (GDV) of 2 Billion Ringgit. For the sole purpose of improving traffic congestion during peak hours, EcoWorld collaborated with Jabatan Kerja Raya Malaysia (JKR) to upgrade the main trunk road, Jalan Kong Kong. Their efforts will allow the road to accommodate a traffic movement of more than 200,000 vehicles per day, during peak hour traffic in Pasir Gudang. A proposed SDE connection via Jalan Kota Masai, also known as, The Middle Ring Road, is currently in the works. EcoWorld is proud to introduce the 1st gated and guarded community living in Pasir Gudang to ensure the safety of residents. The security guards frequently patrol the premises to make the residents and their families feel secure. An EcoWorld Gallery is located within Eco Tropics so purchasers can conveniently seek for assistance from the management. It will also serve as a future customer service point. Within the township lies a 30-acre town park with a 16-acre body of water. Eco Tropics possess the largest lake within an EcoWorld development. The design concept for the town park is inspired to encourage interactions between three generations of families- grandparents, parents and children. A Community-Oriented Township Since its establishment, Eco Tropics has hosted numerous communal activities, including Gotong Royong (community cleaning programme), a baking workshop, a recycling educational programme, a high tea party and many more memorable events to bring the residents of Eco Tropics closer to one another through the joy of festivity.

Eco Tropics Residential The luxurious architecture of Eco Tropics Residential is predominantly inspired by the homes in the Hamptons with an air of country resort lifestyle. The residential units are spacious doublestorey terraces homes, built with families in mind. Each unit features a high gable roof to improve ventilation, as well as, large windows to invite more natural light into the home. Residents will experience practical space planning within their homes and a calming view towards a green landscape. The lush landscape within the township is a Living Garden with 5 senses - Winding, Edible, Sunrise, Timeless and Reflection. EcoWorld is honoured to introduce strata landed housing development to Pasir Gudang. The gated and guarded community gives residents a sense of security; while the green environment comprising internal, private gardens and external, community parks, allow residents to unwind. Residents can enjoy various development signatures such as a perimeter fence, a main gateway, roundabouts, ponds, bridges and gazebos. Eco Business Park III Located within the township, it will showcase a 4-in-1 business concept, which includes retail units, offices, a showroom and a warehouse. The business park is highly accessible via major thoroughfares, specifically Senai-Desaru Expressway and Pasir Gudang Highway. The ground floor of the retail units features a ceiling height up to 8 metres with a trendy, additional mezzanine floor. An integrated commercial hub, which is not limited to a hypermarket, hotel and retail shops, will be situated within the business park too. Eco Business Park III’s green efforts will include rain water harvesting, ample greenery and north south orientation positioning of units to regulate traffic within the business park. External Factors Eco Tropics is the nearest township to Pengerang, which is a 30-minute drive away. A major project occurring in Pengerang is the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC), which is one big step in creating value of oil and gas in Johor. Focusing on petrochemical and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the highcalibre project will occupy 20,000 acres of development belonging to the oil and gas industry, as well as create 100,000 job opportunities. Additionally, Majlis Perbandaran Pasir Gudang will be upgraded to city status by 2016. Furthermore, the 10-hectare Hospital Masai is proposed to be built between Taman Cendana and Kota Masai in the near future. According to the Census in 2010, the population in Plentong has the highest population among other districts, with a total of 495,000 people.


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