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Mother’s Day celebration at Thistle Johor Bahru >>PAGE 6 Hotel

From Left: Ishraqi Shah from PNB Commercial, BCSG patron Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad, BCSG Johor Bahru President Doris Boo and City Councillor Datuk Yahya bin Jaafar officiate the Breast Cancer Awareness Road show.

Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Community: The members of Breast Cancer Support Group of Johor Bahru (BCSG-JB) came out in full force to officate their road show By Maisarah & Zarakay


ohor Bahru MP and BCSG patron Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad recently officiated the Breast Cancer Support Group of Johor Bahru (BCSG-JB) Road show for breast cancer awareness at Plaza Pelangi.

Also present was City Councillor Datuk Yahya bin Jaafar and Mr. Ishraqi Shah from PNB Commercial who sponsored the venue as their CSR bid to the awareness drive. A BCSG-JB spokesperson said, “We organise breast cancer awareness road shows regularly with the main objective of raising awareness on the

importance of early detection of the disease”. Statistics indicate that there is a marked increase of breast cancer cases in the country where one in fifteen women have been infected with cancer as compared to one in twenty some years ago. >>Continued on page 6

Mah Sing unveils The Meridin @ Medini. Read all >>PAGE 29 about it at our @home section >>PAGE 3



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Columbia Pickup points Community: Asia Hospital - Nusajaya TOURISM CENTRES: Johor Tourist Information Centre @ JOTIC Kiosk Pelancongan MBJB @ Jln Tun Sri Lanang Tourism Malaysia Tourist Information Centre @ JB CIQ COMPLEX & JB SENTRAL INFORMATION COUNTERS: SENAI AIRPORT Columbia Asia Hospital KFCH OFFICE LOBBIES: CITY PLAZA TOWER ISKANDAR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (IRDA) ISKANDAR INVESTMENT BERHAD (IIB) Iskandar Waterfront EATERIES (F&B): Annalakshmi JALAN IBRAHIM 8Lido STRAITS VIEW Tutti Frutti KEBUN TEH SETIA TROPIKA LEGOLAND BierHaus JOHOR JAYA TAMAN SENTOSA Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf City Square Plaza Pelangi

launches probably the 1st and only Car Park & Wash for LUPUS Charity Drive in conjunction of World Lupus Day on May 10, 2013


orld Lupus Day was first observed in 2004, and a number of special events were held to highlight its importance. This year, lupus organisations hope even more governments will sign and endorse the Proclamation. For the first time since the event’s first inception in 2004, Columbia Asia Hospital – Nusajaya launched its own ‘1st Car Park & Wash for LUPUS Charity Drive’ at its car park from May 6th to May 10th. This was another continuing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) effort of the hospital. A total of 500 cars from their patients as well as the public took part in this charity drive. The participants, who contributed/ donated between RM10 to RM15, got to enjoy a car wash at the premises car park. The role of Columbia Asia Hospital -Nusajaya is to garner participation within the Iskandar Malaysia region and to help raise funds through better awareness for the association. At least five million people worldwide have lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease

Participants comprising of patients as well as members of public took part in the charity drive by contributing RM10 to RM15 to get their car washed. that strikes mostly young women of childbearing age. The campaign’s primary objectives were to: • Focus on the need for heightened public awareness. • Improved patient healthcare services. • Increased research into the cause of and a cure for lupus. • Enhanced physician diagnosis and treatment of lupus. • Better epidemiological data on lupus globally.

Members of the public who are interested to know more about LUPUS may log onto any of these websites: The main beneficiary of this Car Park & Wash for LUPUS Charity Drive was Persatuan SLE Malaysia. An estimated RM5,000 was targeted to go to the association’s fund.


HOTELS: Thistle Johor Bahru The ZON Regency Hotel Granada Hotel Many other participating hotels Gated & Guarded Communities and Others: Taman Molek Zone 3, Tmn Impian Emas Jln 60-70, Austin Heights Club House Wang Loo Motor (Honda) Saleng Many more car showrooms and service centers Also available for pick-up at Selected Taxis & Busses And at various Associations Want to become a distribution point? Email us today at:

The International Sumatra Indonesia Expo was held at Angsana Johor Bahru Mall.

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The YOUTH can change the future of society with their socially conscious views and courageous behaviour. In motivating the gen-y to be more opinionated, The Iskandarian speaks to everyday teens to derive their suggestions and opinions about Iskandar Malaysia and its tenets of developments. The Iskandarian also invites all youths to share your thoughts with us via email at: What is your opinion on the impact of JB transformation towards the youth community? So far the impact has been positive and we hope there will be more programmes or workshops pertaining to Iskandar Malaysia. How do you think is the best way to get youths involved in culture and heritage programmes? Most of the youths like to be involved in outdoor and indoor activities and I guess leaflets should be given to schools or colleges to enable us to be aware of a programme and encourage participation. How can agencies work with youths to help them appreciate and participate in heritage and culture preservation? Agencies should work with educational institutes to increase the involvement of youths in such types of programmes and I feel that through this involvement, we would automatically appreciate what we have. What are some suggestions you have to make JB city centre livelier? Have more heritage buildings and perhaps a small fee could be charged to maintain the place. If your friends are visiting JB, where would you bring them? I would love to take them to LEGOLAND Malaysia and other sightseeing locations around the Iskandar Malaysia region. Does the upgrading of shopping complexes such as email : download :

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City square and Galleria bring any impact towards you? Yes! I can now proudly say that there are some better outlets to shop at. What do you think is one key success factor to make JB Transformation programme a success? Involvement of the youth (generation) in such type of programmes!

The Iskandarian

Do’s & Don’ts ith Iskandar Malaysia aspiring to reach greater heights, The Iskandarian citizens have a vital role to play whereby we must undergo some changes from within ourselves. A first class mentality has to be instilled where we accept nothing less than top notch performance in all things. To prepare ourselves for that, here is a quick recommended guideline on the Do’s and Don’ts. This will be a monthly column to showcase the good, the bad and the ugly of fellow Iskandarians.


Recycling is the way to go!

-Submitted by Kumaran (Singapore)

What do you think is lacking in Johor Bahru? I think there could be more popular places to boost tourism and for locals to go to. Do you think there are enough avenues for youths to express themselves in Iskandar Malaysia? I don’t think there is enough and I hope this perspective would change in the near future. As a youth, what do you look forward to with regards to JB Transformation programme? As said earlier, I hope there would be more popular places for us to go to. However, I would like to add that it would be nice if the transportation system improves and there should be more greenery in core city areas.

Smokers seen blatantly flaunting the No Smoking sign at Senai International Airport.

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Capricious Kepri...

The Tourism office of Kepulauan Riau Province of the Republic of Indonesia with their primary organizer PT. Anugerah Indonesia Tour & Travel held a showcase at New York Hotel Johor Bahru to proliferate more tourists from this region to visit Kepulauan Riau. The one day event was also held in Singapore. The primary objective was to increase the awareness of foreign tourism business operators and travel agents to the new brand of Wonderful Kepri (Kepri is the abbreviation for Riau Archipelago Province of Indonesia) as a new emerging international tourist destination. “We are here to promote the beauty of Kepri and with the modest turnout, we will be looking into making this excursion an annual event,” said Mr. Petrus M. Sitohang, Chairman of PT. Anugerah Tour & Travel.

The event was hosted by Indonesian pop star singer and actress Dewi Sandra. Riau Islands Province is the fastest growing province of Indonesia by population, consisting of the principal group of the Riau Archipelago, together with other island groups to the south, east and northeast. The island of Batam, which lies within the central core group of islands, contains a majority of the province’s population. Other highly populated islands within the Riau Archipelago include Bintan and Karimun while boasting other islands such as Anambas islands, Tambelan islands, Badas islands, Lingga islands, Natuna islands and Tanjung Pinang to name a few. “The road show organised by the Kepri Tourism board is very encouraging and it is an eye- opener of opportunities to tour operators as they can look at the Riau Archipelago as a new destination to sell to their customers,” said Malaysian Tourist Guides’ Council President Mr. Jimmy Leong.

Event host, Indonesian Pop Star Dewi Sandra gathering some feedback from Malaysian Tourist Guides’ Council President Jimmy Leong. (pics by Zarakay)





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Community: Thistle Johor Bahru and Columbia Asia Hospital join hands to celebrate mother’s day


t was a day to honour mothers with the gift of wellness as Thistle Hotel Johor Bahru invited more than one hundred and fifty mothers to participate in a wellness event in conjunction with Mother’s Day celebration on Saturday, 11th May. Jointly organised by the hotel and Columbia Asia Hospital, the event was attended by mothers from various organizations, corporate and government sectors and also members from the Breast Cancer Support Group Johor Bahru. Thistle Johor Bahru was the first hotel in Johor to organise such a meaningful and beneficial event for mothers as it saw the importance of motherhood, maternal bonding and influence of mothers in modern day society. The programme started off with simple screening tests. Mothers had the opportunity to test their Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, Glucose and Cholesterol. Breast Self-Examination was also conducted by the Breast Cancer Support Group Johor Bahru. Mothers had fun as they sat down to try Dermalogica’s new concept skin bar

and learnt about nutrition from Abbott Laboratories Malaysia. The first speaker was Dr. Rohana Ahmad, Consultant General Breast and Endocrine Surgeon of Columbia Asia Hospital, gave a vibrant talk on ‘Early Detection, Saving Lives.’ It was then followed by a delicious surprise when a beautifully decorated Mother’s Day cake baked by the hotel’s pastry chef Jefri Omar was rolled in for the mothers to enjoy. Joining them on this joyous cakecutting ceremony was Edward Kollmer, General Manager of Thistle Johor Bahru and Rahani Yaacob, General Manager of Columbia Asia Hospital. Edward Kollmer and Rahani Yaacob presented the pink ribbon to Doris Boo, President of the Breast Cancer Support Group Johor Bahru. Proceeds collected from the donation box on this day were contributed to the Breast Cancer Support Group Johor Bahru. Mothers were overjoyed with the appearance of the hotel’s chef Kamal Damiri who gave an energizing demonstration on how to make Salmon Salad with Orange

Vinaigrette. The air in the function room was filled with exciting vibes as each mother received a chef ’s hat from the hotel signed by the Executive Chef, Imran Hamid. Mothers gathered around to watch Chef Jefri Omar demonstrate his homemade yogurt with fruits. Columbia Asia Hospital Dr. Rajesh Mahendran, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology presented an interesting talk on ‘Break Free’ and Dr. Rohaini Jonit inspired the mothers with her topic ‘Women’s Worth.’ The event was further enhanced by a mouth-watering spread of local delights for tea-break prepared by the Thistle Chefs. Mothers visited various stalls to enjoy the chicken rice, kacang pol, fritters and an assortment of desserts. Wellness celebration ended with a sweet ‘thank you’ as each mother received a signature Thistle cupcake. Sponsors who partnered with Thistle Johor Bahru and Columbia Asia

>>from cover page “BCSG’s effort is applauded and more awareness is needed to educate the people and the younger generation about the disease”, said Mr. Ishraqi Shah who is the Marketing Manager for PNB Commercial Sdn. Bhd. The enthusiastic crowd was seen adorning their pink wear and flaunting their best moves

Hospital to make this event memorable and successful were Pfizer Malaysia Sdn Bhd; GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Sdn Bhd; Abbot Laboratories Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Dermalogica Malaysia; Lydia Skin Care Centre and Breast Cancer Support Group Johor Bahru. ‘Health is Wealth’ and the main objective that Thistle Johor Bahru and Columbia Asia Hospital organised this event was to encourage mothers to take preventive measures to avoid an illness or disease and to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The wellness celebration was all about educating mothers on self-care practices, increase awareness of available health services and resources in the country and also to have positive health behaviour changes in their daily lives. Thistle Johor Bahru plans to organize more health talks and seminars as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts to help the community in which the hotel staff live and work.

in the “line-dancing” feature which kicked off the whole day event. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations which protects against cervical cancer were also available at the event. HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted disease, and can pass on from one individual to another through direct skin-toskin contact during sexual activity, between hands

and genitalia, blood and sometimes from mother to child during birth. The virus infects the genital areas of both males and females and can also affect the mouth and throat. HPV vaccination is recommended to girls aged 12 onwards, up till they’re 26 years of age. Johor Specialist Hospital (KPJ) was also present to give health tips and screen tests to the public.




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The Iskandarian Monthly Drill

The Iskandarian aspires to be the voice of the rakyat and with that in mind, our Editor has designated this column to be a monthly feature where we get in touch with CEO’s and Chairman’s of organisation and drill them with questions that is in the mind of our readers. If you have anyone in mind or would like us to pose a particular question, feel free to drop us an email: Login to to find out who will be on the next Drill board. Joining the Drill this month is Mr. Charlie Chia Lui Meng from UMLAND Berhad.

What is the (short, medium and long term) outlook for Iskandar Malaysia from UMLand’s view? Today, with a presence in 4 out of 5 flagship zones of Iskandar Malaysia, we are planning to ideate and launch projects that will have a catalytic effect on priority sectors of the economy to include education, leisure & tourism, healthcare & wellness and creative. Having reached its tipping point in 2012, Iskandar Malaysia is undoubtedly one of the most successful of the corridors, an urban agglomeration with best-in-class infrastructure and an attractive investor proposition. Iskandar Malaysia in the next one decade will be famous as one of the most preferred regional destinations for resettlement, with rich cultural potpourri. Our strong foothold and long-term plans to win more than 90% of our land bank in the fast emerging metropolis of international standards - Iskandar Malaysia, speaks of our capabilities and willingness to be one of the key drivers of progressive change and transformation of Johor Bahru, which will stand to benefit the overall economy and the community. Is Sustainability practices (e.g., ecovillages, eco-municipalities and sustainable cities, permaculture, green building, sustainable agriculture, sustainable architecture, green technologies, renewable energy and sustainable Fission and Fusion power) imbedded in the vision of UMLand? To be the property developer of distinction, our mission is to create quality lifestyles and communities. Beyond brick-and-mortar solutions, UMLand has been promoting the need as well as relevance of building eco-friendly communities. Our Eco living campaigns, determine the future of our world from reducing carbon footprint through various green initiatives to preserving age-old plant species; from conservation of water and other natural resources to promoting recycling and reuse options; from educating the communities on environmentally-friendly practices to advocating green lifestyles. What is the expansion plans for UMLand in Johor and how will it impact on the community? The Group’s future direction will largely

focus on Iskandar Malaysia due to its vast potential. In addition to the townships of Seri Alam and Seri Austin, the Group has several prominent residential and commercial projects within Iskandar Malaysia in the offing. Iskandar Malaysia is a fast growing region in the southern region of Malaysia and billions of ringgit has been committed into the development and expansion of this region. It has been identified as the key catalyst and high-impact development to drive the Malaysian economic growth in the 10th Malaysia Plan. The Iskandar Malaysia development is divided into 5 flagship zones, each with their own distinct features to propel the growth of the region: 1. Zone A: Johor Bahru City Centre (the city of Johor) 2. Zone B: Nusajaya (includes Educity, International destination resort, Johor state administration, Puteri Harbour, Medini) 3. Zone C: Western Corridor (Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Ramsar World Heritage Site) 4. Zone D: Eastern Corridor (Pasir Gudang industrial area and port) 5. Zone E: Senai / Skudai (Senai International Airport, Multimedia center) Since its launch in 2006, Iskandar Malaysia has progressed rapidly with several key developments completed and many more nearing completions. Progress is achieved across multiple sectors including education, tourism, healthcare, property and retail. UMLand has a strong foothold in the region with projects in 4 out of the 5 flagship zones of Iskandar Malaysia. One of the key developments by UMLand within the Iskandar Malaysia region is in the education sector, whereby the Group’s flagship township, Seri Alam has transformed into a major education hub not only in the Eastern Corridor of Iskandar Malaysia but also for the nation. Seri Alam is the Group’s largest township which spans over 3,762 acres and is located in Zone D, the Eastern Corridor of Iskandar Malaysia. It is a matured and integrated mixed development township equipped with a multitude of amenities and facilities. Seri Alam has in recent years evolved into and being recognized by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority

Mr. Charlie Chia Lui Meng Group Chief Executive Officer GCEO United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLAND)

(IRDA) as the educational hub for the Eastern Corridor of Iskandar Malaysia. Known as the “City of Knowledge”, the township offers 4 universities, a junior college, an art school, an international school, a Japanese school and 18 primary, secondary and religious schools. All the primary and secondary schools have been in operation for a number of years and the higher education institutions that have commenced operation include Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Masterskill University College of Health Sciences and MARA Junior Science College. The others under construction include Universiti Teknologi MARA campus, HELP University College, Malaysia Art School and Excelsior International School, all of which are expected to be fully operational by 2013. By then, the student and faculty personnel population is projected to reach up to 50,000 and the total township population will be 150,000. This population will drive demand for housing and commercial development in the township and create employment opportunities for the residents of Iskandar Malaysia. The other integrated township in Iskandar Malaysia is Seri Austin, a suburban residential hot spot for those who desire comfort of space and green lungs within the Tebrau area in Zone D of Iskandar Malaysia. In February 2012, UMLand launched two blocks of luxurious and exclusive boutique serviced residences known as Somerset Puteri Harbour at the waterfront of the Puteri Harbour marina in Zone B, Nusajaya, Iskandar Malaysia. These waterfront apartments will be managed by the Ascott Group, a renowned world-class serviced residences operator. In the pipeline are two commercial developments in Zone A and Zone B of Iskandar Malaysia: Suasana, a retail/commercial and serviced apartments in Johor Bahru CBD and another commercial/office tower development in Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya. In addition to the above projects within Iskandar Malaysia, the Group has also in recent years increased its land bank in the region, namely a piece of 629-acre land in Pulai Jaya within Zone E, a piece of 8.89-acre land within Seri Alam, Zone D and a piece of 332.68-acre land in Plentong, Zone D. All 3 pieces of land planned for future development will ensure the Group’s sustainability in the industry and provide

future growth for the Group. The Group’s strong presence in Iskandar Malaysia will certainly be a major contributing factor towards the rapid development and success of the Iskandar Malaysia development. This in turn will create plenty of job opportunities for the nation and contribute to the overall economy of Malaysia. Iskandar Learning Festival 2012 (ILF) was deemed a success and appreciated by all quarters. Being the major sponsor, how did that rationalize with UMLand’s CSR stance? As an aspiring property developer of distinction, we ensure that our corporate initiatives focus on improving the fabric of human society and community’s wellbeing, which is crucial for sustainable urban development. Our CSR philosophy has been to “Connect” with our stakeholders in a way which supports meaningful and inclusive development objectives. Iskandar Learning Festival, has been a great platform for us in improving lives of the communities, amid whom we function as a business entity by offering opportunities for better education and good health. UMLAND has collaborated with IRDA in implementing the Iskandar Malaysia Sustainability Frameworks Projects which has 6 projects running under the framework. Iskandar Learning Festival 2012 (ILF 2012) is one of 6 Iskandar Malaysia Sustainability Framework Projects initiative identified for 2012 execution and UMLAND was the proud sponsor of this project. Correction

In Issue 9 of The Iskandarian, we misprinted the caption accompanying Datuk Loh Liam Hiang (President of JBCCCI) with Datuk Syed Mohamed Syed Ibrahim (Iskandar Investment Berhad’s President & Chief Executive Officer). The misprint is deeply regretted and our apologies is forwarded to all concerned parties. We also congratulate Datuk Loh Liam Hiang on his recent Datukship award.





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Community: Johor Green aspires to make Johor Bahru a greener and sustainable city of the future By Maisarah & Zarakay


n eclectic mix of poets, architects, spa owners, green entrepreneurs and regular folk making a potluck of influencers came together for a Garden Party hosted by Chris Parry, founder of Johor Green. “The goal of the party is to raise awareness and make gardening an aspirational lifestyle,” said Chris. Another objective of the party was to show how keeping certain plants in your garden can be used as an alternative for controlling pests with toxic chemicals and also as an alternative to antibiotics as we do have a problem with overuse of antibiotics. These simple steps contribute to a sustainable living practice. “We want to make sustainable lifestyles not only an important strategy for our environment but also cool. Gardening can be very creative, social and partly provide you with food, medicine, flowers for your home decor and most important of all an activity that is an alternative to shopping,” added Chris.

The consumer culture of buying cheap products in air conditioned malls shipped from other parts of the world is a huge contributor to a large carbon footprint. Spending more time doing home based activities that can even provide some of your needs - is the path to a lower carbon footprint and a more sustainable lifestyle. The focal point of the party was the garden tour where guests were given a brief educational tour by Chris. Among the plants which raised curiosity was the Indian Boarage PLectranthus Amboinicus (a good cooking herb and used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for sore throats), the Kaffir lime leaves and Citronella leaves which can be used as natural pest repellants. As the founder of Johor Green, Chris said, “Our mission is to inform, inspire, influence, encourage and connect on a social path to a greener Johor. This year we intend to hold more social activities and increase our online presence.” To find out more about Johor Green and their activities, log on to their facebook page for details: www.facebook. com/johorgreen

Chris Parry ( right) explaning to the guests about the medicinal properties of some of the herbs found in his garden.

Sail Malaysia Passage

to the East

Tourism: Sail Malaysia Passage to the East Yacht Rally 2013 was officially kicked off from Danga Bay with eight yachts carrying 20 people. By Maisarah & Vishnu Dev


ith participants from the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa, the expedition will cover an estimated 2,000 nautical miles with 14 stops along the way. “Not many people sail to Borneo. We want to promote East Malaysia, which has the richest biodiversity in the world,” said Sazli Kamal Basha, the Managing Director S.M. Discovery Sdn Bhd. The rally will see the participants heading towards Pulau Sibu in Johor; Teluk Tekek of Pulau Tioman in Pahang; Sungai Chukai, Pulau Kapas and Kuala Terengganu in Terengganu; Santubong and Miri in Sarawak; and Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Sandakan and Tawau in Sabah. “Many of the participants stay on for one to three years after the event. They use Malaysia as a hub for travel,” said Sazli Kamal. Along the way, the sailors will participate in local cultural activities. They will stay in each stop from a few days to a few weeks. One of the participants said that among the problems faced during the

expedition were the unreliable wind patterns and access to petrol to fuel up the boats. The tentative calendar indicates that the rally is set reach Derawan, Indonesia, on the 2nd of September. “Our role in Sail Malaysia is to introduce and welcome you to the many exotic destinations in our country, coordinate the events and festivities for your enjoyment with a touch of our own Malaysian hospitality,” said Sazli Kamal. The passage to the East begins during the Southwest Monsoon. The prevailing wind flow is generally southwesterly and light below 15 knots. The best time for passage to the East is from mid May to early September while from November to March, the Northeast Monsoon brings steady easterly of northeasterly winds. The Passage to Langkawi rally is organised during this season to assist yachts in settling down in Malaysia along the Straits of Melaka. Sazli Kamal added that, “traditional navigation route for yachts was to sail down the Malacca Straits before heading west towards the Andaman Sea.”





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JB-Asean International Expo 2013 by JBCCCI

About Johor Bahru Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry JBCCCI


stablished since 1945, JBCCCI has been serving as a non-profit organisation and important advocate for the local business community. Essentially, JBCCCI also plays a pivotal role in bridging the divide between Federal/State government and private sector to foster closer cooperation in economic, cultural & educational development towards a prosperous Johor Bahru. As a leading business organisation which helms a vast network comprising of 40 notable local trade associations and 900 corporate entities & professional memberships, JBCCCI has consistently advocated and organised trade missions abroad to attract direct foreign investments, speeding up the development of Johor State and the country. Representing the voice of Johor Bahru’s business community and its members, JBCCCI has

strenuously developed a closely-knitted communication channel with various government and private agencies to contribute their unique perspectives in realising the common goal of transforming Johor into a model state and ultimately becoming the pride of Malaysia. Objectives are achieved through conducting frequent trade & investment talks, numerous business matching and dialogue sessions. Many other commerce enhancing activities are co-organised as well by its members, private sponsorships or government bodies. At present, JBCCCI caters to a wide variety of community services for their members as in assisting them with trade enquiries, endorsing certificates of origin, registration of marriages, organizing trade and industry events, as well as promoting trade and investment missions overseas for broader business networking. email : download :

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Community: The residents of Molek Zon 3 organise a walkathon for themselves


or most of us, May Day morning equates to an extra day of slugging on bed. However, residents of Taman Molek Zone 3 beg to differ and organised a walkathon for themselves within their compound instead. Enthusiastic residents congregated at their basketball court and readied themselves for the walkathon from as early as 8am. Everybody chipped in their effort to get everything in place before warming up en masse. After their muscles were all geared up and ready to go, the 3km walkathon was flagged off by invited email : download :

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guest, former state assemblyman Mr Tan Cher Puk. Winners of different age categories were presented with medals and prizes before a massive group picture was taken for keep sake. Those who did not win anything were not left disappointed as free flow of drinks and breakfast awaited all who managed to complete the 3km course. From the happy expressions of the residents, there are certainly no losers. Everybody went home gleefully and healthily.



n 2011, Raffles Education Corporation (REC) of Singapore set out to create an outstanding Pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 school based on the best of American teaching practices. REC partnered with ISS (International School Services of Princeton, New Jersey, USA) to recruit Dr. Rob Mockrish as its founding Superintendent of Raffles American School, and one short year later Raffles American School opened in its temporary location, boasting 10 dedicated educators working with 23 students from 6 different nationalities. The 2013-14 School Year will open with 10 overseas faculty members, 2 local faculty hires for Bahasa and Mandarin as well as a local support team of 7. The student population has grown to represent 8 nationalities and over 35 students. The curriculum is well resourced by REC demonstrating their strong commitment to providing quality educational materials to supply a dynamic, student centered curriculum. Working through ISS, RAS is able to provide faculty


and students with current materials delivered from USA suppliers. The Learner Outcomes are the backbone of our school’s spirit. Problem Solving/Thinking, Communication, Organization/Research and Character and Interpersonal Skills are common language at RAS. Their teachers provide access to each learner outcome through the well-articulated curriculum based on current research and rigorous standards. RAS faculty created a unique report card that reflects the emphasis placed on learner outcome achievement coupled with content standard mastery. Teachers provide concrete comments to students for movement up the continuum in acquiring the RAS Learner Outcomes as well as methods for increasing content knowledge. Raffles American School is proud of the successful completion of their first school year. They will begin their second school year by looking forward to the construction of the main facility and meet the challenges of an enlarged students and parents’ population.

Fight Hunger Troopers Rocking It Out With ‘Power Station’

vergreen Taiwanese rock duo ‘Power Station’ were in town on 26th May to publicise their upcoming concert at Genting Highlands on 6th of July. Instead of the usual meet the fans session, they linked up with Fight Hunger Troopers to garner support for this year’s Fight Hunger – 30 hour famine, Johor Bahru D.I.Y Camp. The stage was set at IOI

Mall (Bandar Putra) and the staging area was soon packed with shoppers eager to catch a glimpse of their idols. Fans who flocked to the atrium found it all worthwhile as they were pampered with the duo’s charttopping Chinese rock ballads. As usual, the duo never failed to mesmerise the audience with their powerful vocals and energetic performance.

All interested participants and sponsors can find out more about Hunger No More – 30 Hour Famine from World Vision Malaysia via their official site or official facebook fanpage at Inquiries can also be channelled straight to us

Soon enough, the crowd started singing and swaying to the familiar tunes and kept on asking for more towards the end. After numerous attempts by the duo to end the show, they finally managed call it a day and fulfilled the primary objective in getting the crowd to pledge their support for the upcoming Johor Bahru D.I.Y Camp in Southern College.

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Inside: British hot pop band - The Wanted announces their First Single of 2013, & coffee break with Johor Kaki!

Editor ’s Note


alaysia’s General Elections 13 (GE13) came and went about a month ago, but many quarters still have some reservations regarding it. Our heritage and what our fore-fathers fought for should never be forgotten and we hope that all will strive to maintain a peaceful nation together as Malaysians. On a brighter note, Malaysia Airlines have appointed singer/songwriter - Yuna who has made her name shine in the United States, as its Social Media Ambassador! This is another hat our Malaysian born will have to wear and we wish her the very best! In this June issue, we take a break with Tony who had been tantalizing all our

taste buds with his mouth watering reviews! He speaks to us about his food journey and the formation of Johor Kaki blog. Do find out more and of course, he once again never fails to share another good restaurant for us to tuck into! As for our travel column, we have reached the finale of the Must Visit Festivals and hope you had enjoyed reading them. In the next issue, we are going to share with you about our favourite city, so stay tuned for it! Universal Music Singapore gets us the access to one of the biggest pop acts in the world, The WANTED as they announce their first single. The WANTED seemed to have gotten

more love in this region as their appearance in ASTRO’s ‘Oh My English’, advertisement shows to prove. They will be performing shows and completing major promotions across the globe this year is what we hear. Foodies fret not as Hanim has joined ranks with us to keep delicious recipes coming your way. Her tried and tested ‘Ayam masak lemak cili api’ is a must do considering that the steps are doable by any newbie as well. As always, for those wishing to share their clothing line/recipes or travel tales or like us to review your restaurant/property, drop us a mail at today and be featured. Peace & Love!

Priya Manikam

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Coffee Break with Johor Kaki Find out what our foodie Tony, of Johor Kaki blog has to say about his passion for Johor’s cuisine. Tell us who Tony is!

When I look at my collection of books, I have unknowingly amassed about thousand books over the years on food and cooking, photography and travel, and etc... Looking at what I read for leisure, I can say that food, travel and photography are in my DNA. It may sound weird to others but I think I am born to be a food blogger! What made you start Johor Kaki food blog? Over 30 years, I have been eating and enjoying food in Johor but most of us do not know where the best eats are. When I searched online, information is scanty and scattered. This prompted me to start looking for the best food here and blogging about it. I also decided to record as many of the retiring good hawkers’ stories before they fade away. Hence Johor Kaki’s mission is to “Put Every Good Johor Hawker on the World Wide Web” with a sense of purpose and urgency! What types of food do you review and blog about? I blog about any good food, be it traditional street hawkers to the newest, swankiest restaurants, and as long as they are in Johor. The older traditional hawkers are retiring and on the other hand, young entrepreneurs are starting new restaurants. I like to blog about both, the fading and the emerging. I also observed that the Johor food scene is becoming more international and are thriving and I love blogging about this trend. You had recently won the Best Malaysia International Fabulous Food 1Malaysia Bloggers Award 2013. Tell us how you felt upon winning. Of course, I am very happy because this award can help raise the profile of Johor’s cuisine. In my humble opinion, Johor food deserves to be recognised the same way as the other states. First and foremost, I have to thank

the Johor hawkers, because without them, there would be no content, no Johor Kaki blog. During the voting, I am touched by the overwhelming support from literally thousands of friends and well wishers - that includes The Iskandarian, thank you! Do you travel to Johor on a daily basis to try out the different cuisines? Yes! I have to eat every day, just like everyone (laughs). So I plan and do my best to try the different eateries daily and when I come across something that I enjoy and believe others will too, I share it in my blog. With many food bloggers around, what sets you apart from the rest? I often invite other bloggers to be my guest blogger on Johor Kaki blog as I believe readers will appreciate the diversity. We are all bonded by a common love for food. Besides being a food blogger, I also see myself as a community builder using social media to bring together lovers of Johor food. For example, our Johor Sedap Facebook group has over 6000 active members. This is the largest Halal food group that I am aware of and our members are constantly engaged in lively discussions about their favourite Halal food in Johor. How do you manage to stay fit despite all the eating?! Actually, it might surprise you to hear that food blogging is a very physical activity. It involves a lot of walking under the sun, and darting from cover to cover when it rains. My favourite method of food hunting is to park my car and walk the five foot ways in search of undiscovered good food. It helps burn a lot of calories! Besides, I brisk walk for about 45 minutes almost every day. When I am at home, I try my best to eat simple meals and sometimes I just have oats or cereal for lunch or dinner as I got to conserve the calories and cholesterol for the next food tasting!

Recipe “Ayam Masak Lemak Cili Api” – (Chicken in Spicy Creamy Sauce) Recipe: Ingredients: 500 g chicken thighs - cut into pieces 1 fresh turmeric leaf (optional) 500 - 600 ml skimmed milk / low fat milk / coconut milk 2-3 dried tamarind slices Salt to taste Spice Blend: 2 sticks of lemongrass, white part only 2-3 cm ginger 4-5 shallots 2-3 garlic cloves 1 cm fresh turmeric or 2 tsp turmeric powder Handful of bird’s eye chilies, add more or less if you wish Blend the entire spice mix until it’s a fine paste.

By Hanim Isa Benziane A passionate foodie, blogger and photographer

Preparation Method: • In a pot, add the chicken, milk, the spice blend, fresh turmeric leaves and dried tamarind slices. • Simmer over a medium heat, stir often so that the milk won’t curdle and add salt to taste. • Cook until the gravy thickens. • Serve hot with steam rice.

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Unleash Your True Potential


ne of the ways to unleash potential and achieve greatness is by using the power of the subconscious mind. The reason is the subconscious mind processes 90% bits of information in one moment whereas the conscious mind processes only 10% bits of information. It is also known as a place where all the infinite intelligence lies. With the subconscious mind, our body systems such as the heartbeat could work in autopilot and harmony. There are three ways to unleash

your potential and turning your dreams into reality; 1. Re-programme your belief. Remove the beliefs that sabotage your dreams. Restore it with new beliefs that can help you tap into the world of possibilities and greatness. Belief is a powerful force in life. If you believe that you can achieve your dreams, that belief will make it come true. One way to programme your belief is through the powerful affirmations that need to be read in repetition on a daily basis.

The WANTED Announces their FIRST SINGLE OF 2013; ‘Walks Like Rihanna’


ne of the biggest pop acts in the world, The Wanted, has announced details of their first single of 2013 - ‘Walks Like Rihanna’ is to be released in the UK on June 23rd. The new track was co-written and produced by the legendary Dr Luke who has previously worked with the likes of Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Pink and Britney Spears. ‘Walks Like Rihanna’ is a pure pop summer anthem, on the song Tom Parker said, “We are really excited about this single. We feel it’s a little different from the usual Wanted sound, we’ve stripped it back to pure pop, and it’s just a feel good, fun track. Fun is a good word to describe the video too. Let’s just say it’s got a lot of character.” The video for ‘Walks Like Rihanna’ takes a tongue in cheek look at what being in a boy band is all about, in the undeniable style of The Wanted. It was shot in LA and was released on 8th May.

The single includes vocals from Nathan Sykes who underwent specialist surgery to correct a hemorrhaging vocal cord in Los Angeles in mid April. The surgery went as planned however, it is still uncertain when Nathan will be re-joining the band. 2013 has been an exceptionally busy year already for The Wanted. It began with them scooping The People’s Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist, beating off competition from Fun, Gotye, Carly Rae Jepson and One Direction. The band has been filming a TV show in the US for E! titled, ‘The Wanted Life’, the show will air in the US on June 2nd with UK and international transmission dates to be confirmed shortly. They have also been in the studio working on their forthcoming album which will be released globally later this year. The Wanted will also be performing shows and completing major promotion across the globe this year.

Source: Universal Music Singapore

By Rose Osman Personal Motivator & Energy Coach yourpersonalmotivator Twitter:@BucketOfRoses

2. Do this before you go to bed every night; empty your mind by taking long deep breaths for three times. Once you feel centered, and your thoughts are calm, say positive affirmations to yourself in repetition. As a start you can say this; ‘I am achieving my goals and my dreams and I know I can’. Make sure that you fall into sleep with the positive affirmations stored in your mind.


3. Wake up with three routines. First, say your gratitude. Another day to live means another opportunity to achieve your dreams. Second, take a long deep breath and fill your body with oxygen. Last, visualize your dreams for a few minutes. This will help you stay focus and for the subconscious mind to manifest the dreams for you.

Street Buzz

alaysia Airlines is set to embark on an amazing journey through social media as the airline aspires to be among the best social media brands and expand its presence throughout the global social media scene to further broaden its marketing reach. As an anchor of the national carrier’s efforts, a special party was held at The Square, Publika where the airline’s own Social Media Ambassador was unveiled – singer/songwriter and frequent traveler Yuna who is steadily rising to the top of the field in the United States. Speaking at the event, Malaysia Airlines’ Head of Advertising and Promotions Khairul Syahar Khalid said, “Yuna embodies what we want to achieve for Malaysia Airlines’ social media endeavour. By sharing her journeys with us and her fans, we believe it will inspire her fans and followers to follow in her footsteps and emulate her successes that have opened many doors for her to travel the world and experience new surroundings.” Yuna’s role as Social Media Ambassador will see her having a presence on the airline’s social media channels, the biggest of which is its newly refreshed YouTube Brand Channel. As well as featuring in several videos on the YouTube page, Yuna’s status as a frequent traveler will also see her sharing her journeys throughout the world as she makes her mark in the international scene, which can be viewed from the Amazing Journeys Tab on the MAS YouTube Brand Channel. Meanwhile, the MAS Facebook & Twitter page will also see Yuna gracing the page with special contents that’s exclusive to the airline. MAS presence in the social media scene has grown tremendously since the first baby steps were taken in 2012 especially with the launch of its new flagship the A380 as well as the induction into the oneworld alliance.

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Must Visit

Festivals in 2013 (part 4) june 2013 Spore, 1st - 2nd June Motherhood Exhibition @ Singapore EXPO

JB, 2nd June Wedding Package Promo @ Sutera Mall

JB, 6th- 9th June UTM International Johor Horse Show @ UTM Skudai

Spore, 6th- 9th June The PC Show @ Singapore EXPO

JB, 12th June Teacher’s Meeting by ABRSM @ Cristofori Music Centre, Tmn Sutera Utama


3. Oktoberfest September 21 to October 6; Germany

his is the finale of our Must Visit Festivals in 2013. We hope you had enjoyed reading them and had embarked on a few of its journeys. If not, here is your last chance. 1.

Okay, so this festival is not only held in Germany as many local pubs and clubs have incorporated this into their event line-ups. But why not head down to the beer and sausage capital of the world for some original fun? Celebrate this age-old festival with a pint of German beer and a plate full of delectable sausages for a total of sixteen days!

La Tomatina August 28; Buñol, Spain

You’ve seen it in movies. Now see it live! La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, where participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight, purely for fun. It is held on the last Wednesday of August and is a Spanish tradition not to be missed!

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2. Rock in Rio September 13 to 22; Rio De Janerio, Brazil

9 must-have items when attending festivals: 1. Map 2. Tickets 3. ID (in case of age-requirements) 4. Camera 5. Phone 6. Water Bottle 7. Raincoat 8. Money 9. Good company!

This renowned festival will be back with its fifth edition in 2013 with a bang. Hundreds of power-packed performers are lined up, including household names such as Beyonce, Muse, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street band, John Mayer, Metallica, Nickelback and Iron Maiden.

Spore, 13th - 16th June Beerfest Asia 2013 @ Marina Promenade on the Singapore Grand Prix F1 tracks

Spore, 14th-16th June

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The Kidz Academy 2013 @ Singapore Expo Hall

JB, 16th June Parents Day Cake Cutting Ceremony @ 2pm – Sutera Mall

Happy FathersDay!

JB, 19th - 25th June Johor Rugby Carnival 2013

JB, 23rd June Penawar Pengerang Run 2013 @ Bandar Penawar

JB, 28th - 30th June HOMEDEC 2013 @ Persada Johor

Spore, 30th June - 8th July Home Design & Décor @ Singapore EXPO

By Manisha Dhalani

Facebook-er or Not! If you’re checking Facebook less than 14 times a day, you’re below average! Not only that, a research report by IDC shows that 79% of smartphone users reach for their devices within 15 minutes of waking up! Drivers! Stop Texting! Survey shows that HALF of commuters admitted to texting or emailing whilst driving, at least in the US. It makes me wonder what’s the percentage of texting whilst driving in this region, and how are you managing your gigantic smartphone while driving?! I know you have tons of email, messaging apps, facebook, reminders, calendars waiting for your input, but I’d say don’t touch the phone while driving, regardless of the reason. Texting while driving is not only a safety issue, but also a moral issue in our society. Game of Pool anyone?! A student’s project in University of the Algarve, Portugal makes you as

Tech Talk Cautions

awesome as the pros playing Pool. Finally all the benefit of Pool game you play in Computers, all the hints and dotted lines can be brought over to real life! Check out PoolLiveAid and watch the video via http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=xzwTasGUPNc) LaFerrari The first hybrid Ferrari, LaFerrari with 789HP v12 mated with 160HP of electric power, is the fastest Ferrari to date, with all 499units with the pricing of usd1.3million. Wait, why is this in

the tech column you may ask? For one, it is a hybrid supercar (we love green and we love speed), and secondly, it is highly integrated with Apple Siri Voice Assistant with two iPad Minis to keep the backseaters entertained (the speed somehow isn’t exciting enough eh?)





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The only Medisave approved hospital in Johor Bahru


egency Specialist H o s p i t a l (Regency) is a licensed 218-bed, private tertiary care hospital providing a comprehensive range of medical and surgical services. Strategically located within Iskandar Malaysia in the growing township of Bandar Seri Alam, Johor, Regency provides quality healthcare to the local community and the regional countries. Officially launched in November 2009, Regency has an international team of more than 50 specialists with clinical experience in countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, United Kingdom and Taiwan. Regency is also well equipped with modern medical and diagnostic facilities including a 64 multi-slice CT scanner, 1.5 Tesla MRI and a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. Regency is the first and only private hospital in Johor Bahru to be approved by the Ministry of Health, Singapore, for the use of Medisave overseas for hospitalization and day surgeries. Since 1 March 2010, Singaporeans and PRs who reside in Singapore are able to use their Medisave when seeking approved medical treatments at Regency. Common questions on using Medisave. What are the overseas treatments that Medisave can be used for? • Medically necessary hospitalization for treatment.

• Day surgery for treatment. • Gastroscopy if there are symptoms of gastric pain, bleeding motion and if there is likelihood of treatment e.g. ulcer treatment, polypectomy, piles ligation, colitis. • Colonoscopy if there are symptoms of change in bowel movement, abdomen pain, bleeding motion and if there is likelihood of treatment e.g. ulcer treatment, polypectomy, piles ligation. • Angiogram if there is likelihood of treatment e.g. balloon/stent.

Medisave cannot be used for: • Outpatient treatment charges e.g. consultations for cough and cold, except for certain approved outpatient treatments. • Health screening. • Plastic and reconstructive surgery, unless these procedures are done for medical conditions. • Charges for medical reports and ambulance services. Who can use Medisave for overseas treatments? • Singaporeans and PRs who normally reside in Singapore can use their Medisave for their own treatment overseas. They may use their Medisave to pay medical expenses of their immediate

family members such as spouse, parents or children, if these family members are Singaporeans/PRs or long-term visit pass holders who normally reside in Singapore.

Service Centre memo signed by the Medisave-accredited doctor. discharge, our patient 4. Upon representatives will assist you with Medisave claims processing.

What is the process for Medisave use in Regency Specialist Hospital? Singapore patients who wish to use their Medisave in Regency must be referred through Health Management International (HMI)’s Patient Service Centre at Balestier Clinic & Health Screening Centre in Singapore, where pre-admission clinical assessment and financial counselling will be provided.

What is the limit that I can spend for Medisave in Malaysia? You may spend the same Medisave limit as that in Singapore; the amount that can be used also depends on the treatment you are seeking.Medisave covers up to: • S$450 a day for in-patient hospitalizations. • A fixed limit per table of surgical procedures (varying between S$250 and S$7,550 depending on the procedures). For more information, please visit our website at

You may follow these simple steps: 1. Call the Medisave Hotline + (65) 6334 7283 to assess eligibility and to make an appointment. 2. You will need to go personally to the HMI Patient Service Centre in Singapore for pre-admission clinical assessment and financial counselling with the relevant documents. 3. You may then proceed to Regency for your treatment with a HMI Patient





Design has No Scale


he stable economy has spurned prominent change to our cityscape with tall office towers, residential buildings and mega shopping centres springing up all over Johor Bahru. On a macro scale, designs of some buildings, whether crafted by local or international designers push contemporary limits to international standings. In regards to individual homes, some stunning architectures can also be observed but often limited to new developments. However, in reality many older dwellings still dominate our urbanscape with a lack of consistency and integration therefore as soon as you have driven out of city centre you quickly notice the stark contrast.

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In order to synchronise all environments, a micro scale approach has to be adopted beginning with individual real estate, be it your home or your shoplot. Sadly, not everyone is concerned with exterior outlook and their perception on design is very much limited to what they have been exposed to. People are often reluctant to move beyond their comfort zone and make changes. Years ago, a house owner constructed a parameter fence with horizontal timber strips that some neighbours claimed it resembled a horse stable. Both negative and positive criticism was received. Soon after, this “horse stable” looking fence started to spread across suburb like a new invention. Daring to change is the key to

improving our home, village, township or even our country. Design has no scale as it starts from the smallest of your home light switches to the roof that is sheltering you from terrace houses to bungalows regardless of size. Any selection of fixtures, fittings, materials and aesthetic will be crucial to the design’s excellence. It’s time to move beyond what we typically see around and not repeat. Design appreciation has to be imparted or learned and design limits have to be stretched. We are individuals, so seek individuality and identity. Be different. It doesn’t have to be costly to build a designed home but requires innovation on materials and experimentation with new concepts. As a guide to realise dreams, our

company S:LAB10 is a boutique design based practice originated from Sydney Australia maintaining operations in Taiwan and Malaysia. This design practice is a hybrid of 3 business partners from 3 prestigious international architecture offices namely Hassell Architects, Francis Jones Morehen Thorp Architects and Marchese Partners. Our areas of professional expertise are focused on: architecture; interior design; landscape design; furniture design; alterations and additions. Our design values are based on the profound belief in the benefits of collaboration and creative pursuit of art and technology. Our commitment is to work with our clients to understand their needs, and by thoughtful design, achieve exceptional solutions.

If you discover termites or their mud trails or timber damage, don’t panic (don’t disturb them if possible, don’t spray repellents as it has no effect on the overall colony). Call a professional pest manager at the earliest opportunity to arrange for a thorough property inspection and advice on treatment options. • Termite management requires training in locating and detecting activity and colony workings. The pest manager has extensive knowledge of termite biology and behaviour and is experienced in one of the most important areas of termite management property inspection. He is able to correctly interpret inspection results and thus

recommend appropriate treatment methods. • Termite management professionals are skilled in the servicing and maintenance of the specialized systems that are available. They can show you how the Nemesis System can detect colonies and eliminate them from your home. Why choose our system? The NEMESIS BAITING SYSTEM is designed as a second generation system based on Input from leading institutions and pest management professionals. • The in-ground stations feature a very low profile; tamper evident cap, ensuring discreet placements and reduced likelihood of

damage. • The timber inserts offer major advance in baiting technology by way of mimicking real termite grooves and channelling and by ensuring ultra-low disturbance to feeding termites during station inspections and while introducing the Termite Bait to the station. • The Nemesis baiting stations (both inground and above-ground) feature a significant internal volume which enables maximum bait quantity to be taken by the termite colony in the shortest possible time. • The NEMESIS System is suitable for incorporating with or supplementing traditional chemical barrier systems.

Nemesis Baiting System (Part 1)


emesis has been designed as a professional termite control product, providing a safe, non­invasive answer to your concerns about termite attack and damage to your home. Every day, countless Malaysian homes are targeted by termites causing costly damage to timber structures and fittings. All too often, there is no evidence of their presence until it’s too late! Some exterminators have developed state-of-the-art system to give you peace of mind when it comes to protecting your valuable assets. Ongoing researches are being carried out to further develop and improve the Nemesis System. I’ve found termites, what now? email : download :





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Ethics of Invoicing, it shouldn’t be that hard By Priya Manikam


t has been established by Treitel that a contract is an agreement giving rise to obligations which are enforced or recognised by the law. Having made an agreement, the parties are encouraged to honour their obligations. In layman’s terms, if you go to a shop to purchase something you like, you pay for it and in return you get a receipt and the deal is sealed. Both parties are satisfied as each side had honoured their obligations. However, in reality, small medium enterprises (SMEs) faces lot of challenges – financially when clients do not honour their obligations of agreement. Healthy cash flow is the life blood of any business. Cash flow has been named as one of the single most important factors in avoiding business failure. The results from recent research by BACS (founded in 1968) have highlighted that small to medium business in particular are struggling to get payments both from their clients and customers, and suppliers and B2B partners. Research has shown that small companies in the UK are now finding they have to wait an average of 38

days before they are paid! Larger companies are the main culprits and causing the greatest problems to SME’s as it was found that rather than adhering to set contracts and agreed payment terms, they tend to have a lackadaisical attitude and choose when they want to pay up. Sounds familiar? It states that, on average one in ten small businesses are waiting for some £50,000 in payments (and almost half confessed that this amount, would be enough to put them out of business)! The situation is no better in Malaysia where SMEs are facing similar problem of late payments from clients, especially from the bigger corporations. Solutions Put it in writing. Make it clear what has been agreed and document the terms. SMEs usually do not look forward in souring business relationships over late payments as it would not be advantageous to them for future dealings. If you know your client well, go

Jobs for part timers as well

Career: Over 3000 jobs were offered at the latest May month Kepak event.

By Alan Wee


ver 3000 jobs were up for grabs at the latest installation of Kepak at Angsana Johor Bahru Mall. The 3 day Career, Entrepreneurship and Skills Carnival (Kepak),was organised in collaboration with the Johor Economic Planning Unit, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), Department of Skills Development (JPK), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) and Jobs Malaysia Centre. Over 60 high profile corporations participated in the event.

Besides focusing on job vacancy opportunities, the event also promoted skill development as an alternative income. “Kepak is about giving exposure to both employers and future employees. This is the effort of the state government in ensuring a higher standard of living is achieved by all Johoreans,” said Johor Economic Planning Unit’s (UPEN) Director Elias Hasran. Job scopes were widened as part time jobs were also available. Single mothers, handicapped (OKU), and housewives were not left out of the equation of job seekers.

out of your way to make frequent contact. If it is a one off issue, a quick friendly prod in the form of an email or a telephone call will often do the trick. If the client is struggling with making payments and can’t pay, then more flexible agreements can be set up so that you receive all that is due, without bankrupting your client or worse still yourself ! If negotiations fail (or are not met again) you will need to then make it plain that unless payment is made within an acceptable period you will have to take legal action. Noticing that this current trend is a major hindrance to SME’s young or old, The Iskandarian will lead this mindset change agenda by speaking with relevant bodies on guidelines already set in place to help entrepreneurs manoeuvre themselves out or avoid this predicament. Stay tuned as we will provide updates as and when we get them. In the mean time, if you have any questions or doubts, kindly email us: admin@ and we will do our best to facilitate.





ACCUMULATING WEALTH? ¬ When to sell your stocks?


inally, the Malaysian share market has started to perform the way it wanted - going up without much restriction. This is especially true when one of the major uncertainties (General Election) is gone. While the average trading volume became much higher with more than two billion shares per day, many counters’ share prices have soared tremendously too. A friend asks, “While everyone is afraid of missing the boat and keep buying shares now, when would be a good time to sell our shares?” Clearly, selling shares is no simpler than buying shares. Consider the followings before selling your shares: 1) You’ve reached your Profit Target As discussed earlier, before one buys a counter, it’s important to have an exit plan. Say, if you want to make 30% through an investment and if you’ve met your profit target, sell it! Things become simpler if you have a profit target in mind. 2) You want to protect from losses This is similar to the above except the share price goes the opposite way. email : download :

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Tey Bin Yuen is the author of ‘Life beyond the Comfort Zone’. His books are available at major bookstores in Malaysia and Singapore. He’ll be conducting a seminar ‘Profit from Share Investment3’ on 9 June 13. Reach him at btey2000@yahoo.

Therefore, you have to act to protect your losses. For example, if you bought into Company B at RM1, and after a few days it’s share price drops to RM0.91, which is about 10% loss, this prompts you to consider selling your shares. While every one’s risk appetite is different, as a rule of thumb, you wouldn’t want to lose more than 8-10% of your investment. 3) The reason you bought the counter has changed Do you have reason(s) when buying a counter or business? I’m sure you do. Whatever the reason, be the company you bought is a monopoly business, high profit margin, good earning visibility or has a good management, and once those reasons are no longer valid, it’s time to consider selling the business. For instance, the company you own used to be the only

one in the market (monopoly), but due to other opponents that have emerged lately, the company no longer posses its unique competitiveness. 4) The market price has reached its fair value / overprice There are a few ways investors measure the value of a business, such as Price to Earning (PE) ratio, Book Value, Intrinsic value and so on. Regardless of the methodology you

used, if the share price has reached its deemed fair value, it’s time to consider selling the share. Conclusion In a nutshell, making decision to sell a stock is a combination of art & science. While there may be other market reasons to sell other than the above, always consider the consequences before selling. Remember, once a “sell call” is triggered, it’s irreversible!

Prosper Thy Neighbours (part2)


n the current drive towards total productivity factor and strategic dependence on foreign labour, Singapore-based businesses are able to leverage Iskandar Malaysia as their immediate economic extension. With ample resources, Iskandar Malaysia forebears a new era of “prosper thy neighbours” philosophy. It is not Shenzhen, even though many have likened it to be but more like Southern France to Monaco with commerce and leisure intertwined. Just as the completion of the catalytic projects of LEGOLAND, Puteri Harbour, SILC, Educity and various housing projects kicked in, many skeptics tipped. Even international bottom up fund managers are getting into the act. Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group, Frank Templeton, said recently, “We don’t generally apply a top-down approach in our stock selection process. Iskandar is just one example of how we’ve literally seen a city grow from the ground up and with it, investment possibilities.” In our online survey, followers were quizzed on what their apprehensions are on investing in Iskandar Malaysia. Their top concerns were lack of rental returns, absence of secondary markets and insufficient industrial activities (employment). It is precisely for the immense possibilities of synergy that industries are

created, attracted and relocated from Singapore and elsewhere. New sectors such as wellness, retirement townships, campus-based education, cost effective healthcare, film and creative industries never before thought possible are here. As Singapore’s earlier successes in Suzhou, China and Bangalore has shown that it is the export of its highly respected FDI business drive and “software” in township planning that are centres of job creation. New concept jobs are being created, such as those related to motorsports in Autocity, Gerbang Nusajaya, integrated hospitality and healthcare development in Stulang Laut and media villages in Medini. Together with unique financial incentives, Medini has captured the imagination of global investors. I have been fortunate to meet the business leaders involved and I can say that their plans are truly world-class. For our younger student investors in their early twenties and thirties, we advocate their participation in social investments. Not only should they master the technicalities of investing in a cross border region, they must also take an active role in cultural and social engagement as borders are getting very transparent. Ed Cheong is the founder of Rafflesland Capital, a Singaporebased Iskandar specialist and consultancy offering institutionalclass property investment education for clients in Asia. He can be reached at iskandar@ tel +65 97111271





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Tuck in @ Chang Man for some delicious favourites!


came here at the invitation of the owner Adrian Ooi as they opened for business recently. There was already a steady stream of customers at the restaurant on a Monday morning. I guess this is partly because Chang Man serves Dim sum, chicken rice, char siew rice and Hor fun which are familiar staples that are usually in demand, and more importantly, the food here is good. We tasted some of the Dim sum, chicken/ char siew rice and Hor fun and it was obvious that a lot of effort had been put in, to create good food for customers. Their seafood soup dumpling is also a lovely treat here as it was delicious and there was a small piece of shark’s fin in it. Coming to their Dim sums, their crab roe siew mai is simply superb. Made with chopped pork and fresh shrimps topped with crab roe, it has an excellent mouth feel and flavour. This is a Must Try! Chang Man’s shrimp dumpling soup Hor fun is also another must try as the soup is made with bone stock and was tasty and has an umami flavour! That dash of secret yellowish sauce on top was savoury and seemed to be made with salted egg. Overall, their shrimp

dumplings are made well, fresh, succulent yet bouncy and crunchy with nice “prawnysweet” flavour. I also loved trying their fried carrot cake. It is made with lots of radish, so it is tastier and softer than the ordinary version made mostly with flour. The restaurant also serves chicken rice set at RM6.00. The steamed chicken is made with ordinary farm chicken, yet it has a tender texture and flavour of a good kampung chicken. The rice that came with the chicken and char siew was very lightly coated with fragrant chicken oil. The grains were separate and (very) slightly nutty. The accompanying fresh chilli was mildly spicy and tangy. As for their char siew, they were a really good blend of caramelised outer layer, juicy fat and tender lean meat. Do not give this place a miss! Restaurant name: Chang Man (Hong Kong Dim Sum, Chicken Rice, Hor Fun) Address: 24G, Jalan Bestari 5/2, Taman Nusa Bestari, Skudai, Johor Bahru Parking: Ample free parking at location Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm (Closed on alternate Fridays) Non-Halal

Buz Walker-Teach: Capturing Johor Bahru’s Cultural Heritage on Ink


merican artist and graphic design lecturer at Raffles University Iskandar (RUI), Buz Walker-Teach is highly passionate about capturing Johor Bahru’s cultural heritage. He actively seeks out historical sites and buildings that may be threatened by urban redevelopment, and races against time to create a visual record by capturing images of these sites on ink before they vanish. Buz is a talented visual artist, illustrator, graphic designer and design entrepreneur. He operated a successful commercial graphic design and art studio in California, USA, for twenty-one years before his search for new adventures led him to Asia. Buz re-located to Asia in 1995. Since then, he has been teaching and sharing his passion for art in Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. Buz is credited with establishing the Sacramento Illustrator’s Guild (California, USA), where he also served as President for three years. He is a published artist and his works have been exhibited in numerous gallery group shows in Singapore. He is wellknown among the painting, drawing and sketching groups in Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. Buz’s unique background allows him to balance being both a practicing artist as well as an art educator. With his vast experience in graphic design, art-related fields, advertising and marketing, Buz hopes to meet and exceed

the creative and learning needs of his students at RUI. The Iskandarian talked to Buz about his passion and experiences as an American artist in Asia. What is Graphic Design? There are many different definitions of Graphic Design. In essence, it is the practice or profession of designing print or electronic forms of visual information for use in an advertisement, publication, or on a website. It is a way for human beings to visually communicate information and messages, through a combination of words and images/ pictures. What are the different drawing techniques and media? Drawing is usually thought of in terms of pencil, pen and ink media. However, sketching outside can be done through a variety of media - watercolours, markers, or pastel. In this day and age, I have even witnessed artists sketching digitally on their i-Pads. When I first started keeping sketchbooks, I mostly drew with pencils but now I prefer working with permanent ink pens, then adding watercolour pencils to create a colour wash to enhance the degree of realism and permanence. Why draw when you can just take a picture?

When I draw an object, a person or a place, it involves an exercise in observation. I have to study it closely and thus I become acquainted with it. I may see intricate details and nuances that do not show up on photographs. I believe such scrutiny and highlighting make my sketches much more unique and interesting. When I look back at my sketch books of the past sixteen years, I still have profound memories about the subject itself, as well as the situation, the surrounding ambience and the emotions I felt as I did the drawing. In addition to the drawing process being highly experiential, it is also very therapeutic. As an American artist in Asia, I have been very privileged to draw at the Borobudur Temple in Indonesia, Raffles Hotel in Singapore, heritage shophouses in Penang and Johor Bahru, Mount Fuji in Japan. I have also sketched Filipinos donning traditional dress in the Philippines. These are priceless moments that I will cherish forever. What are the subjects or themes that inspire your drawings? I enjoy drawing buildings, landscapes and figurative subjects. A good example of some of these can be found in my favourite sketching areas located around Jalan Tan Hiok Nee and Jalan Dhoby in Johor Bahru, where historical buildings still stand and traditional trades continue to flourish.

Lately, I have been attracted to old buildings and objects where the details of chipped paint, rust, mould, and broken parts create interesting patterns of “accidental design”. These “designs” provide a highly unique character to the subjects. What are some of the challenges or interesting situations that you have encountered during your drawing sessions? As an outdoor sketcher in Asia, one always has to deal with the heat, humidity and rain. In addition, one is also susceptible to attacks by mosquitoes and other insects. Nevertheless, it all becomes “part of the experience”. I have also encountered many interesting people who stopped to watch, chat and even take pictures of me drawing! They are surprised to find a foreigner sketching on the streets of Asia. Once I was caught off-guard by a sudden tropical rainstorm while sketching at an ancient and isolated temple site in Indonesia. I quickly took cover inside the temple and it dawned on me that I was the only person there. Time seemed to stand still as I stood in that large shadowy stone hall that had been so wellpreserved for over 400 years. It was a timeless, surreal and slightly unnerving experience that I will never forget. A collection of Buz’s drawings may be found on-line:


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Cover Story 1500 visitors from more than 4000 registrants, Mah Sing’s new unveiling, The Meridin @ Medini has rekindled buying sentiments >>page 29

Focus on Sectors

Boustead foresees expansions In Johor, the group is contemplating to add to its land bank particularly in Kulai and Telok Sengat, in the district of Kota Tinggi, by converting oil palm land. “While this will not be in the immediate future, several possibilities for the Kulai land are for a mixed-development project that would include housing and a college.”

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More players emerge Identifying strategic locations in Johor for its landbanking activities, Gromutual Bhd. plans to speed up its development plans in Johor Baru on the back of rising demand for properties, spurred by increased interest in Iskandar Malaysia as the next growth proposition. “Mindful of these opportunities, we intend to expedite some of our development plans as well as to seek more landbank in Johor.” >>page 29




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Quick Reads No merger and acquisition for Lafarge


afarge Malayan Cement Bhd, the country’s largest cement producer, with a market share of 40%, has no plans for any merger and acquisition (M&A) at the moment, as it wants to concentrate on organic growth, said its President and CEO Bradley Mulroney. “No (plans for M&A). We are quite happy with our market positioning, our market presence and market size,” he said. “Clearly, you can see the impact of price volatility in our results in terms of the profitability of our business. (But) we believe our results will remain satisfactory (moving forward)”. In the first quarter ended March 31, 2013, Lafarge’s net profit dropped 16.2% to RM54.3 million from RM64.8 million a year earlier due to lower domestic cement prices. Mulroney said even though the cement price war is showing signs of stabilising, “it is wrong to say that the price is totally stable.” Mulroney hopes that cement prices will return to normal as continued volatility affects customer service levels as well. While keeping its eye on expanding its capacity, he said, Lafarge remains positive on the domestic market on strong demand due to the ongoing infrastructure projects implemented under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). “If there is a new entrant in the market, people (cement players) are going to react in different ways. Our view is that that reaction is not very constructive to the market. When you have volatility, it makes the ordering pattern volatile as well,” he said.

RM700 million projects in Johor Bahru Gromutual deputy managing director Chew Kwee Hiok said the company plans to further tap opportunities in the rapidly growing Iskandar Malaysia region. The Johor-based property developer has earmarked RM700 million worth of development projects for launch in the next few years in Johor Bahru. The group has ongoing development projects in Johor and Malacca with a gross development value (GDV) of RM200 million. The group has so far completed RM600 million worth of residential and commercial properties in the two states since its incorporation in 2003.

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75% Sold out during preview Property: 446 units valued at RM261 million were sold within the first five hours of the unveiling By Maisarah & Zarakay


ah Sing Berhad’s Meridin @ Medini in Flagship B of Iskandar Malaysia was successfully unveiled in an exclusive preview which attracted some 1500 visitors from more than 4000 registrants. Buying sentiments were elevated with 75 per cent of the units being snapped up during the preview. 446 units valued at RM261 million were sold within the first five hours of the unveiling. 65 percent of the units were bought by Malaysians with the balance taken up by foreign investors from Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Indonesia. Phase one of The Meridin@ Medini comprised of three towers of Meridin suites residences and Meridin Walk lifestyle retail. The quick buy is a clear indication of investors’ confidence in the integrated project. Mah Sing’s Executive Director Datuk Lim Kiu Hock said, “We are among the handful of integrated property developers in Malaysia that builds both landed and high-rise residences with commercial centres and even industrial properties, giving you the freedom to handpick a property that suits your lifestyle needs.” Meridin@Medini is a purpose-

built integrated development along Persisiran Pantai JB-Nusajaya which leads to Kota Iskandar comprising of Meridin Suites Residences, Meridin Linx Small Office Versatile Offices (SoVo), Meridin Walk lifestyle retail and Meridin Exchange corporate towers. Complementing the suites are 30 units of lifestyle retail units with built-ups from 850 sq ft onwards, indicatively priced from RM1,000 psf. Abutting a 32 acre undulating green lung, The Meridin@Medini is just 4 minutes away from LEGOLAND and opposite the upcoming financial centre of Medini Business. Access to Mah Sing’s Executive Director Datuk Lim Kiu Hock, Senior the Tuas-Singapore Second Link is a General Manager Dr. Chai Kow Sin and Chief Operating mere 10 minutes away and the Senai Officer James A. Bruyns inspect the Meridin Model International Airport is 25 minutes away. Mah Sing’s Group Managing Director cum Group Chief Executive, Tan Sri Datuk Sri Leong Hoy Kum said, “Meridin@Medini is poised to tap into the many catalytic developments within Iskandar Malaysia. There is something for everyone here with prices a fraction of a mass market condominium in Singapore, buyers will not only enjoy premium lifestyle features of concierge services, a fully equipped facilities deck and multitiered security features but also the provision of a wellness residential enclave that will be equipped with facilities for continued care.”

I&P Hopes to increase revenue


roperty developer I & P Group Sdn Bhd hopes to increase revenue by 36% to RM1.5bil from RM1.1bil recorded in 2012. With the planned launch of properties with a combined gross development value (GDV) of RM2.89bil this year, of which RM2.07bil will be slated for the second half in anticipation of robust demand. “We will be offering a variety of properties to the market, both residential and commercial, in different sizes to cater to different market segments,” said I&P Group Managing Director Datuk Jamaludin Osman. I&P Group has a land bank of almost 2023.43 ha concentrated in the Klang Valley and Johor Baru with a potential GDV of RM25bil. This land bank is expected to keep the company busy over a span of 15 to 20 years. It has a portfolio of

13 townships spread across the Klang Valley and Johor Bahru. In Johor, they launched only one project in Taman Rinting with a GDV of RM33.36mil during the first half of the year comprising twostorey shop-offices with built-up areas ranging from 5,157 sq ft to 8,615 sq ft. These will be priced from RM1mil to RM2.1mil. The rest of its launches in Johor are expected to be in the second half. The group is proposing to have urban commercial centres in townships like Bandar Kinrara, Bandar Baru Seri Petaling, Alam Damai, Temasya Glemarie and Alam Sutera in the Klang Valley and Taman Pelangi in Johor Bahru. “Going forward we are looking at different ways of planning for our townships. We need to plan with the future (in mind) because land is becoming scarce,” Jamaludin said.

Boustead to spread their wings


oustead Properties Bhd, the property arm of Boustead Holdings Bhd, is looking at expanding its land bank within Klang Valley and Johor, either through acquisition or conversion of oil palm land. “In Johor, the group is contemplating adding to its land bank particularly in Kulai and Telok Sengat, in the district of Kota Tinggi, by converting oil palm land,” said Datuk Ghazali Mohd Ali, Director of Property Division. “While this will not be in the immediate future, several possibilities for the Kulai land are for a mixed-development project that would include housing and a college.” Several property launches will take place in Taman Mutiara Rini this year. “We launch, on average, 600 to 700 units a year. Sales has been good, prices are not breaching RM500.000 which is good. We are about to launch

1,800 units of affordable housing in Johor,” he said. Launches for the year include 748 units of semidetached affordable homes with 1,200 sq ft built-up (30 ft x 50 ft) that will be priced at RM220,000 each. According to him, the land is allocated for terrace houses, but the houses will be amalgamated and sold as semidetached. Another 307 units of low to midcost double-storey terrace houses with built-up of 850 sq ft (15ft x 50 ft) will be sold for RM80,000. The township will also include two popular hypermarket stores. “The good news is Tesco has obtained approvals and so has Mydin to open within the township,” he added. The township also has an Urban Forest & Recreational Centre and an international-standard cricket pitch called the Mutiara Rini Oval.

The Iskandarian June 2013 issue  

Bringing you news from the Iskandar Malaysia region.

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